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...
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.
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 !!
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.
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"