Safety as a Core Value (Part 2-3)

Why it Matters

Continuing our thoughts on the differences between safety as a high priority and safety as a core value (this is part 2 or part 3, depending on whether you count the introductory article), the question naturally arises, Why is this important in the first place? Some companies use slogans that reflect safety as their highest priority while others use those that insist on safety as a core value. Isn’t this just a semantic difference? Aren’t we all really talking about the same thing?

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.


  1. […] couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, and have gone on record insisting that the safety-culture vision is something that is “caught, not taught.”  I […]

  2. […] different grounds.  My reasons for rejecting the slogan have been covered in depth here, here and here, and they differ radically from Mike Rowe’s poorly thought-out rejection of the slogan.  […]

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