Safety in chemical operations, or any industrial setting for that matter, should always be top of mind, and we should never miss an opportunity to reinforce best safety practice behaviors with ourselves, coworkers, visitors to our facilities, family in everyday life, or whomever we may encounter.
We are all familar with safety articles: make your work area safe, follow SOPs to work safely, use your PPE, and use it correctly, etc. Considerable effort and focus is placed on generating constant and timely reminders, informative articles, and teaching tools to remind us to be safe out there. We even use reminders in our toolbox meetings and as a start to other company meetings.
So why then, are we still struggling to make the workplaces safer than they are today?
There is considerable evidence advocating behavior-based safety as a key driver to safer workplaces. Because, even with all of the effort and focus to keep safety at the forefront in the execution of our daily work activities, 5,250 workers still died on the job in 2018! That should be unacceptable for any company, irrespective of the sector, in an advanced economy. This means that, on average, more than 100 deaths a week, or more than 14 deaths every day. That’s 3.5 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers.