Is there a stigma attached to the safety profession?


When I ask health and safety people about that, in the session on the HOP course we did today I called a comment not to mistake operational people with safety people because that’s an insult. And all the safety people in the room [gasped]! And when I talked to the safety people afterwards I asked them how proud you are to say when you go to a BBQ that you are a safety person. Then they go ‘oh yeah, I get it’. I don’t know exactly why, I think everyone has a different experience, the stories and the themes that come out for me really have to do with the extent in which safety people help business to succeed or whether we don’t – sometimes we get in the way. Sometimes it doesn’t matter whether we’re there or not, its part of the reason why, its probably a deeper question than that.

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