Does your current employer value safety over productivity?
Safety+Health readers told us whether their employers value safety over productivity in an informal online poll conducted in October 2012.
Comments from respondents who said their employers do value safety over productivity
Safety is the first item in every work instruction
Safety has been and will always be our number 1.
Our motto is Safety, Quality and then Productivity. The reasoning is if your employees have a safe environment to work in the quality and productivity will follow.
We have incorporated safety and quality as the pillars to our operating philosphy. I have been employed 6 years as the safety professional here and we do have challenges to overcome that being the old concept of production production.
Yes. Our Safety Principles are share during new hire orientation. Safety is on each supervisors agenda at their daily start-up meetings.
Safety pays off in the long run.
Employees are valued as the most important asset.
My employer walks the talk. I also feel that the notion that there are still considerable numbers of employers in the country disregarding the safety of their workers is largely exaggerated.
Our goal is safety while producing a product. Neither stands alone and if it comes down to it - we will stop production before we take any significant safety risk. It's good sense from both a human and business standpoint.
They never interfere nor question our purchases on any type of PPE. They never complain when production is cut to train our employees on a need basis. They are proactive when it comes to site visits for safety. They make my job easier to do.
I believe HTSI does because of our type of work - we don't work with a lot of oomachinery up here maybe at St. Inigoes, but at the Lexington Park facility it is a pretty safe environment that we work in.
In the Auto Retail industry, if a technician or salesperson is not on the job, they are not turning a wrench or selling a vehicle. This means no profits.
In the long run, we calculate that safety enhances productivity.
We are required to do a job safety analysis before performing any task. It is stressed that no job is worth doing unless it is done safely.
Tank1 services always takes the safety high road no job is to I mportant not to make sure safety comes first and foremost I been with Tank1services for over 2 yrs now and I have never seen productivity come before safety
If conditions are not safe at work, there would be numerous accidents and injuries
Acidents wipe out profit and worker moral. Heinrich triangle (300-29-1) is one of the only leading indicators we have in safety. Task oriented safety, safety recognition, and attitude adjustment must be used in addition to triangle to be successful.
Safety has always been first. We do not cut any corners and ask for more and more so that our employers bypass guards etc, just to get the numbers. We have and will continue to be a proponent of Safety First
Comments from respondents said their employers do not value safety over productivity
We believe that quality, safety and productivity go hand in hand. Without that belief, and that they are equal, profits decline. Attitudes declines. quality declines.
There are strong statements made regarding safety being # but the message that often comes from management in the day to day operations is "do more with less". Both are true but safety training and implementation suffers due to poor understanding/messaging
Really 50/50 split. They talk the talk but don't walk the walk.
There needs to be a yes, no, or sometimes.
Somewhat uncertain. In the last few years there has been more emphasis on the importance of safety; however, productivity is still expected to be a priority.
The company I work for has a "reactive" safety program at best. Certain safety measures are not enforced at any level. 99.9% of the focus is on productivity, not even quality at times, but quantity. It seems to be all about the numbers.
Many times the employees will say that the supervisor will ask them to get the job done and worry about safety later. The supervisors say this comes from their boss. Of course the Managers say employees are lacks about safety. Who do you believe?