"For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind."
“Safety is like health. You don’t really appreciate it, until you lose it!”
“Safety is 30% Common sense; 80% Compliance and the rest is good luck.”
"Don't learn safety by accident."
"Precaution is better than cure.'
“Do not think because an accident hasn’t happened to you that it can’t happen"
“Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life:
“An incident is just the tip of the iceberg, a sign of a much larger problem below the surface”
“Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent”
“A chain is only as strong as the weakest link”
“Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless”
“The point is that being able to demonstrate ‘due diligence’ is not about having a thing (a policy or a system or a heap of procedures and checklists) it is about doing a thing”
“Off the shelf Safety Systems – if you want a good dust collector, buy a vacuum cleaner”
“Paper doesn’t save people, people save people”
“When everyone agrees with me it’s time for me to quit”
“We make thousands of decisions every day in automatic mode without a mistake. Yet we don’t reflect and celebrate this wonderful mode of human decision making at work rather, we put the blow torch on the one moment when it doesn’t work and something goes wrong”
“Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die”
“Rules are parts of systems and systems serve humans not humans serve systems. Unfortunately, safety engineers seem to think that humans serve systems.”
JAMES REASON’S 4 SAFETY PARADOX’s
(1) Safety is defined and measured more by its absence than its presence.
(2) Defences, barriers and safeguards not only protect a system, they can also cause its catastrophic breakdown.
(3) Many organisations seek to limit the variability of human action, primarily to minimise error, but it is this same variability – in the form of timely adjustments to unexpected events – that maintains safety in a dynamic and changing world.
(4) An unquestioning belief in the attainability of absolute safety can seriously impede the achievement of realisable safety goals, while a preoccupation with failure can lead to high reliability.
‘Safety doesn’t happen by accident”
“Safety First” is “Safety Always.”
“Better a thousand times careful than once dead”
“Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy”
“It’s better to crash into a nap than to nap into a crash”
“Safety is as simple as ABC – Always Be Careful”
“It is better to be safe than sorry”
“There's an old saying that if you think safety is expensive, try an accident. Accidents cost a lot of money. And, not only in damage to plant and in claims for injury, but also in the loss of the company's reputation”
“Saying that accidents are due to human error, is like saying that falls are due to gravity”