120+ Safety Quotes And Saying

Safely Quotes: Stress is not bad but a necessary part of facing life’s challenges. Whilst the dreamers maintain the delusion that ‘all accidents are preventable’ the rest of us know that the bumps and challenges of life are necessary for learning, resilience, and maturation. There can be no resilience without stress, and no learning without risk.

Safety Quotes

A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs

Accidents hurt – safety doesn’t.  ~Author Unknown

Accidents, particularly street and highway accidents, do not happen – they are caused.  ~Ernest Greenwood

Also, they may simply have been blinded by their zeal to do something quick and easy for safety – and thus doing nothing for it.” – Gerald Wilde

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” ― Albert Einstein

Anyone who believes that they have common sense has simply forgotten who taught them what they know.” – Alan Quilley

Anyone who loves the concept of Zero Harm has nothing to love” – Dave Collins

At their level of skill, driving like an average driver may be intolerably boring. Imagine being a master of Beethoven and all you are allowed to play is Twinkle, twinkle, little star”!

Be alert!  Accidents hurt.  ~Author Unknown

Behavioural safety observations tell you much more about the observer than the person under observation. – Bernard Corden

Better a thousand times careful than once dead.  ~Proverb

Better dead sure than sure dead.  ~Author Unknown

Carelessness doesn’t bounce; it shatters.  ~Hartman Jule

Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for massive inspection by building quality into the product in the first place.” – W. Edwards Deming

Chance takers are accident makers.  ~Author Unknown

Concern for man himself and his safety must always for the chief interest of all technical endeavours.” -Albert Einstein

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” ~Mark Twain

Dr Rae Drew is quoted as making the following excellent points: (HERE : Why Can’t Safety be a Positive Thing)

Do I believe in the concept of Zero Harm? Let’s just say I believe that nothing is impossible” – Dave Collins

Don’t learn safety by accident.  ~Author Unknown

Dr Rob Long: Rules are parts of systems and systems serve humans not humans serve systems. Unfortunately, safety engineers seem to think that humans serve systems.”

Essentially what we’re doing is we’re drawing upon the ghosts of disaster past and spectres of disaster future and we’re using it to justify the bureaucracy we want to put into the present.”

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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”― Albert Einstein

For every misunderstood genius there are 100 perfectly understood idiots” – Phil LaDuke

For if you force your people to stick rigidly to procedures, and their thinking to be stifled from their induction, and then blame them for failing to recognise a changed condition (and suffering an injury) to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make robots and then punish them (for being robotic).” Max Geyer

For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.” – Thomas More’s book Utopia” – quoted in the movie Ever After – A Cinderella Story”

For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.  ~Eleanor Everet

Guard himself as he may, every moment’s an ambush.  ~Horace

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts…for support rather than illumination” (Scottish poet – Andrew Lang)

Hearing protection is a sound investment.  ~Author Unknown

Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car.  ~Author Unknown

I think mostly we tell stories simply in order to motivate people through fear.”

If you’re a lawyer, you talk about great law cases. If you’re an engineer, you talk about giant monuments or innovations,”

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. — Albert Einstein

If Safety is Zero Harm” then Love must be Zero Hate” – Dave Collins

if we accept that there is no such thing as ‘zero risk’ then we should not spin the meaning of words with assertions such as ‘all accidents are preventable’. Dr Rob Long

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

if your understanding of safety is dynamite, you would not have enough to blow your nose”

If your world is just about safety, then your world is too small” – Dr Rob Long

Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ― Albert Einstein

Injuries Happen When Workers Get Caught Between the Official Way Versus the Real Way – Phil Laduke

It seems that risk aversion is the best excuse for the day when you want compliance. Every time something is banned or restricted it is because it’s a ‘safety requirement’. No wonder people think safety is an embuggerance! When we want to bamboozle people who don’t know the Act or Regulation we can mystify, dazzle and mesmerize them with its a ‘safety requirement’ when in reality it is often a convenience behind the scenes to make someone’s life easier.” Dr Rob Long

It’s better to crash into a nap than to nap into a crash.  ~Author Unknown

I’m just not that into safety any more” – Rob Sams

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Know safety, no injury.  No safety, know injury.  ~Author Unknown

Let’s manage safety recognizing how humans are and stop managing safety the way we wish humans were.” – Alan Quilley

Like love, we cannot get enough safety, but not the kind we are used to – what would happen to love if every day were Valentine’s Day? So flooded are we with contrived and controlling safety that it is becoming dangerous”

Luck runs out but safety is good for life.  ~Author Unknown

Luckily my company has a Zero Harm Policy do I don’t have to worry about safety as much as others do” – Supervisor from a Tier 1 organisation

Measuring Safety Performance by the number of injuries you have is like measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give” – Dr Robert Long

Much easier to sell an answer than a question. Much more comforting to sit in delusion than reality. – Dr Rob Long

Now: target zero; zero harm; no accidents, although they all look good on paper, they all focus on what you want to avoid. Imagine setting your business goals at the start of the year and presenting a goal of wanting to avoid any financial loss this coming year to the board. They would boot you straight out of the room! So, for what reason do we accept that with safety?” – Chad Lilley

Our big ideas in safety result from disasters like Deepwater Horizon, Chernobyl and Piper Alpha”

Off the shelf Safety Systems – if you want a good dust collector, buy a vacuum cleaner” – Dave Collins

Once silly safety rules are implemented, with no consultation or critical thinking, then the same weak leaders who enacted them will surely not be brave enough to retract them.

Our systems have become the equivalent of the Internet – it’s where you go to get answers without even really knowing the question or the context. Through the excessive use of processes, procedure, checklists and forms we have dumbed down their curiosity.” John Green

Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Einstein

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Paper doesn’t save people, people save people” – Dan Peterson

Personal protective equipment is self-defense.  ~Author Unknown

Precaution is better than cure.  ~Edward Coke

Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.  ~Author Unknown

Road sense is the offspring of courtesy and the parent of safety.  ~Australian Traffic Rule, quoted inQuotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938

Safety doesn’t happen by accident.  ~Author Unknown

Safety First” is Safety Always.”  ~Charles M. Hayes

Safety is 30% Common Sense, 80% Compliance and the rest is good luck” – Barry Spud

Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy.  ~Author Unknown

Safety is as simple as ABC – Always Be Careful.  ~Author Unknown

Safety is never ‘attained’ but a work in progress in tension between ALARP and the Precautionary Principle. – Dr Rob Long

Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die” – Sir Brian Appleton after Piper Alpha

Safety isn’t expensive, its priceless.  ~Author Unknown

Safety isn’t just a slogan, it’s a way of life.  ~Author Unknown

Safety means first aid to the uninjured.  ~Author Unknown

Safety never takes a holiday.  ~Author Unknown

Spruiking zero harm or crusading safety ‘because you care’ raises as much suspicion as having a folder on your computer named ‘DEFINITELY NOT PORN’ – would you get on a plane that had ZERO CRASH” emblazoned all over it?” – Dave Collins

The stories that other disciplines have all have heroes, and in safety, our stories don’t. Our stories have villains and they have victims.”

Telling me to be careful is very different to saving my life” – Phil LaDuke

Thank god we don’t have to rely on the brilliance of the safety trade to determine what is art, history, aesthetics, dance or intelligence, I think safety would paint over the Mona Lisa if they thought it was unsafe”. – Rob Long

the biggest problem with safety is that managers and safety professionals often engage in acts of public masturbation” – George Robotham

The concept of the bonus paterfamilias is not that of a timorous faintheart always in trepidation lest he or others suffer some injury; on the contrary,  he ventures out into the world, engages in affairs and takes reasonable chances. He takes reasonable precautions to protect his person and property and  expects others to do likewise.” South African Judge (1954)

The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.  ~Author Unknown

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The language of ‘bloody idiot’ and ‘common sense’ is everywhere in industry and demonstrates a profound inability to understand sensemaking, mindfulness, perception, and motivation”.

The point is that being able to demonstrate ‘due diligence’ is not about having a thing (a policy or a system or a heap of procedures and checklists) it is about doing a thing” – Max Geyer

The real enemy of safety is not non-compliance but non-thinking” Dr Rob Long – HERE

The safest risk is the one you didn’t take.  ~Author Unknown

There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.  ~James Thurber

There is no such thing as an accident, only a failure to recognise the hand of fate” – Napoleon

To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one.  ~Author Unknown

Tomorrow – your reward for working safely today.  ~Author Unknown

Too often we exaggerate the risk of a hazard and categorize what is merely possible as probable because it is easier to enforce than if we make an honest assessment. Some safety professionals, in the name of zero-injuries” will heap regulation after regulation on a job until the organization rebels and simply refuses to comply. When it comes to making the workplace safer, the more complex and/or burdensome the solution the far less likely the compliance. We have to understand that there are limits to the amount of protection we can provide to people and if when exceed the perceived reasonable limits we not only fail to protect in that instance but we lose credibility and jeopardize compliance with safety protocols that are essential for basic safety. When safety professionals’ risk tolerance is out of alignment with societal norms the safety professional is doomed to a life of frustration. – Phil Laduke

Traditional Safety is not enough, but traditional safety is too much” Safety Crusaders Anonymous

Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.  ~Author Unknown

We figuratively and sometimes quite literally drag out maimed and injured people as object moral lessons in the ways people should behave. We say, ‘This is what happens to you if you don’t follow the instructions.”

We use stories of the past to tell us what we should have done, and then we turn those into stories about the future: what we should do instead or bad things are going to happen,”

What I find most sinister is that we don’t just do this with the big accidents… We do it with very human stories as well”

Was it wrong to have sex with the cleaning woman on my desk?  If I had only seen the safety compliance video, this wouldn’t have been a problem. George, Seinfeld

we believe that we want to do what we are doing, otherwise, how would we explain to others why we are doing it?” – Chris Paley Unthink

We can get a monkey in here to try hard; you get no points for being stupid” – Phil LaDuke

We make thousands of decisions everyday in automatic mode without a mistake. Yet we don’t reflect and celebrate this wonderful mode of human decision making at work rather, we put the blow torch on the one moment when it doesn’t work and something goes wrong. – Dr Rob Long

We now have unshakable conviction that accident causes are man-made and that a man made problem can be solved by men and women.  ~W.H. Cameron

We would also ask real estate agents, who much they think our house is worth.  But we never ask a safety professional, socially, how do I stay safe at work.  In my experience, when people find out I am a safety professional, there is a deafening silence as, either, people don’t know that safety has a profession or my skills just seem irrelevant”. Kevin Jones

Safety first quotes

What a strange sense of logic to fixate on the absence of something (injury) as a demonstration of the presence of something else (safety). Such a proposition misunderstands the dynamic of risk and being human.” – Dr Robert Long

What is a risk assessment if it is not an exercise in imagination? – Rob Long

What is now proven was once only imagined.” Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain! – William Blake

What is the difference between the Pokemon Go craze and Safety’s obsession with hunting for and controlling hazards? Both achieve nothing but disconnect us from people and reality.

when everyone agrees with me it’s time for me to quit” – Phil LaDuke

When planning your next family holiday would you get Zero Harm” T-shirts printed for all the kids and tell them that the main aim of the holiday is not to get hurt? – Dave Collins

When safety is a factor, call in a contractor.  ~Author Unknown

When you gamble with safety, you bet your life.  ~Author Unknown

Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong figures”. – W. Edwards Deming

While on a ladder, never step back to admire your work.  ~Author Unknown

Who can hope to be safe? who sufficiently cautious?

Wishing won’t keep you safe – safety will.  ~Author Unknown

Working safely is like breathing – if you don’t, you die.  ~Author Unknown

Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.  ~Author Unknown

Working without safety is a dead-end job.  ~Author Unknown

Would your loved ones prefer to be told: I will never hurt you” OR I will always love you”? Dave Collins

Your safety gears are between your ears.  ~Author Unknown