Improving health and safety requires a change in thinking

Production often takes priority over safety
By Dee Kramer
|CHRR, Guide to Healthy Workplace|Last Updated: 05/20/2004

An organization looking to improve health and safety in the workplace needs to start with one important step: changing the way it thinks.

While many managers and senior leaders may declare that safety is a top priority, in day-to-day operations production is often “king.”

“The company may have a health and safety vision statement hanging on the wall, but what workers hear and are evaluated on is how much they produce and how fast they produce it,” said Dov Zohar, a visiting scientist at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto.