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By Tania Clarke   |  
October 21st, 2016

Top 20+ Safety Quotes To Improve Your Safety Culture

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Since the pandemic started, getting the right Health and Safety communications in place has been a scramble for workplaces across all industries. Every business needs to gather information quickly, pivot their processes effectively, and distribute critical yet clear communications at a moment’s notice.

You probably asked yourself questions such as:

  • Have we used the right messaging to our teams?
  • Have we put up adequate signage for employees?
  • Are we doing all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Safety quotes are a great way to communicate key safety concepts clearly and make sure your team is always on the lookout for potential safety issues at the same time.

Illustrate your safety quotes and bring them to life. Display them around your workplace, or add them to internal newsletters. Make an impact and get your point across, whether it’s to motivate, inspire or to keep the workplace safe. Your workplace will be better off for it.

Without further ado, here’s 20 workplace safety quotes and inspirational safety messages that we’ve put together:

  1. “Every accident is a notice that something is wrong with men, methods, or material — investigate — then act.” – Unknown
  2. “One earnest worker can do more by personal suggestion to prevent accidents than a carload of safety signs.” – Making Paper
  3. “Safety saves sickness, suffering, sadness.” – Safety saying, circa early 1900s
  4. Never stop investing … never stop learning” – Captain Sully, at the SafetyCulture Virtual Summit. (Check out Made Extraordinary Summit 2021 here)
  5. “Safety brings first aid to the uninjured.” – F.S. Hughes
  6. “You don’t need to know the whole alphabet of Safety. The a, b, c of it will save you if you follow it: Always Be Careful.” – Colorado School of Mines Magazine
  7. “Do not think because an accident hasn’t happened to you that it can’t happen.” – Safety saying, circa early 1900s
  8. “Safety has to be everyone’s responsibility… everyone needs to know that they are empowered to speak up if there’s an issue.” – Captain Scott Kelly, at the SafetyCulture Virtual Summit. (Check out Made Extraordinary Summit 2021 here)
  9. “Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life.” – Safety saying, circa early 1900s
  10. “For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” – Eleanor Everet
  11. “An incident is just the tip of the iceberg, a sign of a much larger problem below the surface.” – Don Brown
  12. “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” – Author unknown
  13. “Measuring performance by the numbers of injuries you have is liked measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give.” – Dr. Robert Long
  14. “If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.” – Stephen Covey
  15. “A chain is only as long as the weakest link.” – Unknown
  16. “Shortcuts cut life short.” – Unknown
  17. “You are your last line of defense in safety. It boils down to you.” – Kina Repp
  18. “Luck runs out but safety is good for life.” – Author unknown
  19. “Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.” – Author unknown
  20. “Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.” – Author unknown
  21. “It takes leadership to improve safety.” – Jackie Stewart
  22. “I’m glad to see how young people are stepping up when it comes to safety. They are focused on safety rather than being told to be safe. It makes a difference when people own things.”Scott Cam, The Block
  23. “If you don’t know, ask. Working with people is far better than working against them — always bring together all the people and information available to you!”Aidan O’Shannessy, The Block Site Manager

Good safety quotes can pick us up when we’re feeling unmotivated and can be a great tool to help keep your employees focused on safety. With government guidelines constantly evolving, and pandemic fatigue settling in, internal and external communications have become more important than ever. We need to be extra careful when speaking to teams and to customers, and ensure the messaging is clear, reliable and motivating. Whether you’re a leader or a team member, the easiest way to keep your team safe is to make it everybody’s business.

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