Quotes can be a good tool to help keep your employees focused on safety. Use them in memos, display them on bulletin boards and feature them in employee newsletters on a regular basis. 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.
Maintaining a Safety Mindset
Quotes can encourage employees to think before acting and to be mindful of the safety-related consequences of their actions.
- "Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands." - Jeff Cooper
- "For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind." - Eleanor Everet
- "At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security." - Jodi Rell
- "Good housekeeping is critical. Safety and housekeeping go hand-in-hand." - ReliablePlant.com
Importance of Following Safety Procedures
Quotes can help remind employees that it's critical to follow safety procedures.
- "Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety." - Aeschylus
- "Better a thousand times careful than once dead." - Proverb
- "Safety doesn't happen by accident." - Author unknown
- "Work injuries and illnesses can affect every aspect of life for workers and their families." - Maine Department of Labor
Sometimes managers have to be reminded of the important role they play in safety.
- "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
- "If the owner or manager does not show an interest in preventing employee injury and illness, then the employees will probably not give it much thought either." - Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program
- "If you are the proprietor or managing director of a company, you are ultimately responsible for the health and safety in all aspects of the business." - Forum of Private Business
Understanding Ergonomic Safety
Office workers sometimes think that safety isn't something that they need to worry about since they aren't working in an environment traditionally considered dangerous. Quotes about ergonomics can help clear up this misconception.
- "Working virtually 100% indoors, in a seated position and usually talking on a phone, writing or typing on a computer paves the way for some of the top injuries ... to develop." - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
- "The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity." - Ergo-Plus.com
- "The key to preventing posture problems is to avoid long periods working in one position and repeating the same motions." - Letters & Science Computing Resources, University of California at Berkeley
- "Alternate tasks whenever possible, mixing non-computer-related tasks into the workday. This encourages body movement and the use of different muscle groups." - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Resources for Finding Additional Quotes
You can find quotes related to safety in any of the available literature on workplace safety.
Quoting current official statistics can provide perspective to how common some types of safety-related problems and injuries really are.
- The Commonly Used Statistics page on OSHA's website is a great resource for this kind of information.
- The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics is also a good resource for statistical information to quote.
Workplace Safety Magazines
Magazines with an editorial focus on workplace safety issues are a great place to find quotes related to important and current safety issues. Publications where you can find good articles, often with quotable phrases, include Workplace HR & Safety, EHS Today and Safety+Health Magazine, a publication of the National Safety Council.
Workplace Safety Blogs
There are a number of good blogs that emphasize workplace safety. As blogs are updated frequently, they are a great resource for finding new quote material on current safety issues, as well as best practices, tips and more.
- The National Safety Council has a blog with a lot of great information related to workplace safety.
- For articles related to liability and compliance, Workplace Safety and Health Law Blog from Fisher & Phillips Attorneys at Law is a good option.
Getting Your Point Across
Relevant quotes can be very beneficial when it comes to communicate key concepts related to safety at work. Any time you have an important point to make, take the time to consider if there is a quote you can use to back up, illustrate or bring to life the point you are trying to convey.