Being my brother's/sister's keeper

Article by Kathryn Lourenco

Being my brother's/sister's keeper

While recently working with one of our clients, we discovered they'd developed the safety ethos: being my brother's/sister's keeper.

This mindset means that they speak out and are encouraged to speak out if they see a colleague, someone from the community, a visitor, the CEO of the company - anybody - doing something unsafe.

It means you always look out for each other. Just like this beautiful safety campaign, it isn't just the person that's injured (or worse) that's affected. There are so many implications that are to be considered.

If we look out for each other, we speak up and prevent harm. Think about it as being one of our loved ones. That way, it helps us stop walking by and minimise the risk even more in the workplace. Being my brother's/sister's keeper means you don't walk by if something doesn't look correct or safe.

You wouldn't let your loved ones use a welder without the correct PPE at home, so it shouldn't be OK if we see someone doing that in the workplace or out in our communities.

It is fantastic working with clients who have recognised that health and safety isn't just the job of leadership or the SHEQ team. It is for everyone to be a part of a safety 'community'.

What initiatives have you been involved in, or heard of, that you've thought would make a significant difference in changing businesses' hearts and minds to make everyone more accountable?

Article by Kathryn Lourenco

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