Although significant progress has been made in preventing accidents at Fermilab, we should always be thinking about novel approaches to meet the demands of new work practices and ever-increasing expectations. Three interesting ideas that have emerged in recent years are zero-accident vision, generalization of safety, and globalization.
Zero-accident vision - People often tolerate accidents simply because they believe them to be non-preventable. Establishing difficult-to-achieve safety goals is one approach to help inspire a zero-accident vision. This can be a useful measure to counteract fatalism.
Generalization of safety - People use different safety efforts depending on their life functions: work, leisure, home and travel. Many people enjoy participation in risk-taking behaviors with their personal time. This is one reason that workers are far more likely to suffer an injury at home, on the road or during leisure activities than on the job. If people combine the best safety practices from their various life functions, they stand to garner the most benefit. Besides, traditional boundaries among life segments can become blurred in activities, such as with "telecommuting."
Globalization - Large particle accelerator facilities, such as Fermilab, are good examples of international cooperation. People generally expect higher levels of safety and environmental standards from international activities than they do from local enterprises. In fact, multinational companies often work to improve their accident statistics, conscious of the need to preserve their global brand reputations. In addition, the Internet has made it easier than ever before to rapidly disseminate and update standards over an ever-widening population.
Have a great day and let's work safely all week!
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