Safety With A Smile SM is a holistic way of looking at safety. Its primary tenet being that safety is more than just giving people training or protective equipment. It is about helping them adjust their mindset or way of thinking.
If I said to you, as a pilot of the airplane that you are flying on, “Hello there, this is your captain. We are hoping for a great flight this morning, but I can’t promise you anything. We are expecting strong winds, so we will see how things go.” What would you do? My words were more hopeful than confident about my ability to keep you safe in the sky. Would you leave the airplane or take a chance with me as your pilot?
Safety With A Smile SM is about approaching your work-life challenges proactively versus reactively. It is about thinking about life, which includes safety, in a positive manner (even though we all have our moments). It is about living in the present and embracing prevention versus just compliance. It is about coaching and educating versus policing and training. It is about planning and enacting versus creating plans that are never used.
Safety With A Smile SM is about creating a mindset on a job site or a workplace that brings people together to solve problems, challenges, and issues. Safety With A Smile SM is about recognizing and complimenting employees that plan for and act proactively towards safety.
It has been, and continues to be, my belief that it is the primary duty of the safety professional to educate, coach, and help bring positivity and smiles to the workplace. When job satisfaction increases, injuries are reduced and lives are saved.
At the end of the day, Safety With A Smile SM is about going to work with a smile, having a safe and productive day, and leaving at the end of the day with a smile. Try it!
This article was written by Milton Jacobs, a Certified Safety Professional, safety speaker and coach with Safety Solution Consultants, Inc. Milt created the Safety With A Smile SM process and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org