Safety - It's Not Rocket Science

Today on Workshop Wednesday we are talking about Safety NOT being Rocket Science. It is actually a lot easier than that, its about common sense.

Often we find 'safety people' in their suits putting policies and procedures in place which first of all don't really work and second, they are so confusing and make safety seem like this really complicated thing, like rocket science.
They write 80 page manuals on how to report something as minor as a small cut. While it should be reported, surely the process doesn't need to be so complicated.

That's why we think it should be about common sense, watch the video and read below to find out why.

Google describes common sense as "good sense and sound judgement in practical matters." Unfortunately not everyone practices common sense, but guess what, its not hard.
All it really is, is thinking through things practically.

  • So if someone is about to do a job, it would be common sense to make sure that they have been trained for the job, they have the right skills and qualifications needed. Thats Not Rocket Science.
  • Or if you are in a busy site with lots of things moving round and stuff happening like a construction site or a warehouse, you are probably going to want to know that everyone knows what they are doing so that they don't get run over or squished. Thats Not Rocket Science.
  • It could even be something simple but effective, like having a full first aid kit, or a few of them, in your workplace. Thats Definitely Not Rocket Science.
  • What about something like texting and driving I hear you ask? Well you can get rid of the risk of being distracted by simply not texting while driving, don't do it. Again, Not Rocket Science.

As you can start to see, Health and Safety is a lot of common sense and practical thinking and not rocket science. 

A few Common Sense things

So it makes sense for you to do a few common sense things in your business, again these are not hard, most of them are just talking to your staff. Not Rocket Science

  • As we said above make sure your staff have the right skills and record those skills, qualifications or licences down. Remember to review and check that they are still valid (Maybe use some cool software to do this).
  • Make sure that you've got everyone's emergency contact details, so if something does happen you know who to contact.
  • Be aware of important health issues of you staff. It's good to take an interest in your staff and it actually might mean you make more effective decisions
  • Talk about common sense health and safety in your meetings. As in talk practically about the risks that your staff face everyday, making solutions with your staff rather than for them.
  • Don't blame health and safety for not being able to do something. If you want your workplace to be one where safety is important then don't bad mouth it. Instead of not doing something, try and find a safer way to do it.

So there are five things that if you can do, will most likely mean that you are doing more than the 'safety people' in suits trying to make it rocket science. So use your common sense and some software to help you out and we will see you next week.


Let us know what you think by commenting below or send an email to questions@peoplesafe.co.nz