May 04 2020
By: Terry L. Mathis
It is human nature just after a tense situation is over to relax and try to get back to normal. In safety, this can happen when a serious situation does not turn into a tragic accident. It can also happen after a long period of no accidents when someone finally gets hurt. No one wants to be the one to break the record but, once it is broken, everyone can relax a bit. This sometimes results in more accidents.We are coming out of the first critical phase of COVID-19 quarantine, and it is human nature to relax and try to get back to normal. However, history teaches us to act otherwise. During the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic the world thought it was over and went back to normal activities, and the second wave of flu was more than ten times worse in both number of cases and number of deaths. We need to recognize that life must go on but there is a new normal which must continue some of the practices we used during quarantine. Letting our guard down too completely could create a disaster.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.