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We Are All Busy, Don't Take Shortcuts....

Sometimes we develop better ways of doing things. This is admirable, as long as we do not sacrifice safety. When we take shortcuts, it can lead to trouble.  You can probably think of a lot of unsafe shortcuts (e.g.- standing on a chair instead of getting a ladder,  using the wrong tool for the job, etc.). All of us at one time or another likely risked danger shortcutting rather than taking extra steps to do it the safe way. To prevent accidents do not take shortcuts. Shortcuts can be deadly.

So then, why do we take shortcuts placing safety at stake? It is because of recognition-primed decision making. That is, we base decisions on our past experiences. If we took a shortcut in the past and it worked out, then we continue to take a shortcut.  This is why even successful shortcuts (ones that result in no harm) have a downside.

At the University of Dayton, everyone is responsible for safety and we must pursue it on a daily basis. Safety, at all levels is a common goal we hold high in value and must work together to strengthen. 

If you think you know a better way of doing things, talk it over with your supervisor before you try it in the field. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in workplaces. We all must go beyond the call of duty to identify unsafe conditions and behaviors, and intervene to correct them. Facilities Management Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management wants everyone to go home safe at the end of the shift. If you have safety improvement ideas you would like to share, please let us know.  And hey, let’s be careful out there!

Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist
Department of Facilities Management
Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management
University of Dayton

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