Quotes can be a great tool to promote safety in the workplace. Displaying safety quotes on bulletin boards, using them in memos, and featuring them in employee newsletters can help keep workplace safety at the top of employees’ minds.
LoveToKnow tells us, “The key to using safety quotes effectively is to find ones that help you get your point across in a way that will be particularly meaningful to your employees, as well as easy to remember.” With this in mind, we have gathered a collection of the top 20 workplace safety quotes to engage employees which we encourage businesses to share with their workforces.
- “Safety brings first aid to the uninjured.” – F.S. Hughes
- “Do not think because an accident hasn’t happened to you that it can’t happen.” – Safety saying, early 1900’s
- “You don’t need to know the whole alphabet of Safety. The A, B, C of it will save you if you follow it: Always Be Careful.” – Colorado School of Mines Magazine
- “Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life.” – Safety saying, early 1900’s
- “Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.” – Anon.
- “For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” – Eleanor Everet
- “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” – Anon.
- “If you don’t think it is safe, it probably isn’t” – Jerry Smith
- “Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.” – Anon.
- “Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.” – Jeff Cooper
- “The danger which is least expected soonest comes to us.” – Voltaire
- “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.” – Jerry Smith
- “Work injuries and illnesses can affect every aspect of life for workers and their families.” – Maine Department of Labor
- “You are your last line of defense in safety. It boils down to you.” – Kina Repp
- “Luck runs out, but safety is good for life.” – Anon.
- “It takes leadership to improve safety.” – Jackie Stewart
- “Your employees learn by example. If they don’t see you practicing good safety habits, they won’t think safety is important.” – Electrical Construction & Maintenance
- “One earnest worker can do more by personal suggestion to prevent accidents than a carload of safety signs.” – Making Paper
- “Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.” – Aeschylus
- “Work safely today. Remember, somebody expects you home tonight”. – Anon.
Bonus: A Collection of Quotes about Coronavirus to Motivate Employees
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted businesses’ day-to-day routines across the country in one way or another. Whether a company has shut its doors due to safety reasons, sent employees home to work remotely, or altered their manufacturing efforts to support those on the front lines, employees across the United States are in need of some motivation during these tough times.
Below are some quotes that are both positive and powerful in speaking to what millions around the world are going through right now:
- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell
- “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
- “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tsu
- “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “It’s very isolating when you think you are the only one struggling” – Adam Kay
National Safety Council: Injury Report
The National Safety Council released a workplace section of its Injury Facts database, which provides employers with trends and information on injuries according to the EHS Today. “We are eight times safer at work than we are at home, but the data remind us that our workplaces could still be much safer,” said Ken Kolosh, NSC manager of statistics. “The numbers underscore the need for public awareness. We hope Injury Facts can help people understand the biggest risks to their safety and help employers understand where to focus their risk management efforts.”
A Quote for Businesses: “Actions Speak Louder than Words”
While sharing workplace safety quotes can help keep workplace safety at the top of employees’ minds, the kudos of engaging employees in the workplace can be diminished if the tools and procedures for keeping employees safe are lacking.
In our most recent “Workplace Safety and Preparedness Report”, we identified several key issues in the ways in which businesses prepare employees for – and notify employees of – an emergency. We also found a disconnect between the most common types of emergencies and the preparedness plans in place. Key takeaways from the report included:
- 30% of respondents said they did not know or were not sure of, workplace emergency plans for the seven most common types of emergencies.
- 40% of respondents said their workplace has never had a drill to practice responding to a severe weather event.
- 41% of respondents between the ages of 18-29 said they would report a safety concern only if they could do so anonymously.
- 63% of businesses use email for emergency communication even though it is the preferred channel of communication for only 10% of respondents.
- 72% of respondents who travel between locations for their work are not required to do safety check-ins with their employer.
While the report acknowledges workplace safety and preparedness is improving compared to previous years, in addition to disrupting businesses’ day-to-day routines, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted emergency planning due to the need to consider coronavirus mitigation strategies and the different types of emergencies that can occur.
For example, if offices are closed and employees are working remotely, it is unlikely businesses will have to worry about active shooters, HAZMAT incidents, and workplace violence. However, the procedures during cyberattacks may be a lot different depending on how remote workers are connecting to the corporate network, and it may be harder to account for the wellbeing of remote workers after a severe weather event.
The coronavirus itself could be regarded as a medical emergency – and not the type of medical emergency for which on-premises preparedness plans are suitable. Consequently, employers have had to devise new policies and procedures for employees during the pandemic and communicate the policies and procedures effectively to avoid avoidable illnesses and – in worse case scenarios – avoidable fatalities.
How the Rave Platform Supports Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
The Rave Platform is a multi-modal communication system consisting of multiple capabilities that support emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Capable of sending emergency communications by SMS text, email, desktop alerts, and push notifications, the alerting capability of the Rave Platform also integrates with other CAP-compatible systems such as digital signage, fire alarms, and PA systems to broaden the range of emergency alerts.
Businesses can accelerate the speed at which alerts are sent by preparing templates in advance in both short-form (for SMS messaging, digital signage, etc.) and long-form (for emails, push notifications, etc.), and accelerate emergency response by uploading facility plans and Smart911 profiles through the Platform so they are immediately available to call dispatchers and first responders. Employees can also be preassigned emergency management roles – details of which are automatically dispatched by the Rave Collaborate capability of the platform.
With regards to workplace emergency plans, reporting safety concerns, and safety check-ins, the Rave Personal Safety App can be used as a repository for emergency preparedness plans and configured to support anonymous tip texting, and includes a virtual escort that alerts safety personnel if the safety timer is not deactivated when scheduled. The app can also be used to contact remote workers after an incident or to conduct wellness checks while they are working remotely.
In conclusion, in order to support a culture of safety in the workplace, businesses need more than words. The suite of safety mechanisms available through the Rave Platform demonstrates a business’s commitment to workplace safety and can benefit the business through improved internal communications, fewer avoidable illnesses and injuries, and increased productivity. To find out more, or to request a free demo of the Rave Platform in action, do not hesitate to contact us.