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Kesava Pillai

Dear Friends, For quite some time I wanted to be a part of this useful forum. I was also initiating few discussions which I felt might be useful to aspiring safety professionals. However, later found that members were just copying and pasting things from here and there just for the sake of getting their names to appear. A few were asking for spoon feeding. I could not appreciate professionals in safety gaining knowledge without involvement. In most of my postings, you may find the reflections of the teacher in me.

Am I realizing the mistakes in me? The answer is “yes”! I could have very well initiated new approaches to get the issue resolved.

Time permits, I will now try to involve myself to the extent possible.

Kindly feed your ideas on the above question “SAFETY IS A VALUE OR IS IT A PRIORITY”?

From India, Kollam
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Kesava Pillai
Occupational Safety & Health
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Raj Kumar Hansdah
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Dear Sir

I am very happy to see this thread been initiated by you... Also very much exited by seeing your statement "Time permits, I will now try to involve myself to the extent possible" & happy to get back a great senior like you in this forum...

Let me put down my views onto the topic... “SAFETY IS A VALUE OR IS IT A PRIORITY”

Safety is neither a Value or a Priority in majority of Indian Industries... Say 80% of the Indian Industries... Then what it is??? They consider it as a burden / barrier to achieve their production targets... They doing something for the sake of fulfilling the mere statutory requirements... Safety getting implemented by chance, not by choice...

Now ideally safety should considered as a Value than Priority... Many companies doing this as well....

One company who is considering safety as value implementing world class safety systems and believes that if any leading news paper reporting issues related to EHS (Accident, Environmental Releases or Occupational Diseases) against this company they will consider that, it is as equals to loosing billions of rupees.. Safety directly linked with their reputation of the company... Where Safety is getting implemented and followed by each and everyone by choice, not by chance…

So I am concluding my views as Safety Should be a Value than a Priority...

Looking forward to listen from other members as well from you...

From India

Value determines the priorities. Safety is the value. It determines other priorities like quality, progress, timely completion, end results, etc. If no value is accorded, the whole project or endeavour goes haywire and not reaching to its logical conclusion.

From India, Lucknow
Respected sir,
Safety is the most important part of a company.Resently we have heared a lot of accidents in industries which cause harm to employes .Safety is consider as most prominent and important for the development of a company

From India

Dear sir,
Safety is value.
If we have passion towards the value, things gets automatically prioritized.
In case if we prioritize safety, its importance & the message does not gets penetrated into people & things will be done only for sake, as they are forced to do so.

From India, Delhi
Raj Kumar Hansdah

I do not know if I have understood the question properly.
However, from what I understand, I think Safety is a PRIORITY.
If an organization can not ensure the safety of its employees; or is careless about it; then it has no business to continue or exist in the business.
Employees are not meant to be a sacrificial goat for the employer.
Safety comes FIRST and ALWAYS !!
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi

I think, any organisation take safety as a proirity will gets value too. the moment we start calculating at accidents, mandays lost and resluting loss in production, absence of skilled person base certianly safety activities and precautions will become priority and organisations too realise the value in it.
From India, Hyderabad

Priorities are set based on the value. Hence safety is the value first and then it gets prioritised. pon
From India, Lucknow

All types of organisations require people, other than machines, to carryout desired activities. We talk about our target of achieving our objectives effectively and efficiently. Providing a safe environment at work place becomes essential to attain targets effectively. Planning for safety means taking prior actions to prevent from or minimize possible hazards, that may harm the organisations' people, including the management.
Organisations who have established Safety and Health Management Systems have added VALUE to their reputation in the eyes of their employees, their stakeholders as well as the public. in a similar way establishing a QMS, or Communication Management System, or EMS have added more VALUE to their organisations.

From Malaysia, Sungai Petani

Dear Friends

It is interesting to see such safety awareness creating debates in this Forum and I specially appreciate Mr. Kesava Pillai for initiating this thread.

As a matter of fact, here we are discussing about the Safety as a Value or Priority. But the safety should be in the minds of everyone.

Safety and Security is the responsibility of everyone - The safety part is taking care of by my father in my house, hence I will touch the live electric wire and it will not give electric shock to me............ Is there anyone tells like this. The security is taking care of by my father in my house, hence if some unknown person trying to break open the door of my house I will not tell anything. Because It is the duty of my father.................. Is there anyone thinks like this. The apparent reply is known to everyone.

The safety and security is everyone's concern. It must be inculcated in the minds of everyone. The change in the attitude towards safety will add value and it will make everyone to give priority in "Safety First & Work Next"

From India, Kumbakonam
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