As I mentioned in the first article of this series, it’s all too common for the back-office of a plant or the corporate headquarters of a company to feel (or actually be!) exempted from involvement in the safety culture. Safety is reduced to something that is far away, or a hypothetical – “I’ll be mindful of safety when and if – and only when and if – I am compelled by a business reason to visit a plant or facility where safety matters.”
That might be slightly exaggerated, but not by much. True, office personnel don’t have the same opportunities for involvement in a safety culture as someone on the floor, but that doesn’t mean there should be no opportunities.