August 16 2015
By: Terry L. Mathis
A safety-professional friend moved from a major petrochem to a smaller, family-owned business. When I asked him how he liked his new job, he said he really liked the family atmosphere and more casual business climate, but found it very difficult to get budget for needed safety equipment. Having come from a rich, safety-first oriented company that spent whatever was needed to promote safety, this was a shocking change.
Certainly, it is not wise to blindly spend money nor to teach employees that classifying a purchase as "safety" should ensure automatic approval. But failing to provide needed safety equipment sends an unmistakable message that safety is not a value or even a high priority. In today's climate, a business that can't or won't afford an adequate safety program will have a difficult time competing with businesses who do. Leaders, re-think your strategic spending priorities!
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.