President’s Message – December 2017

Posted: Dec 07, 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost in the books. Some of us take this time to reflect on the year. We analyze challenges we faced, challenges we overcame and maybe a few mistakes along the way.

The safety profession is one of those challenges. During our visit to SEOSU I had the opportunity to say a few words. I simply asked the students “Why, did you choose this career?”. Before they could answer I went on to explain that next to an attorney we were number two on the dislike list. After a good laugh, they shared their driven desire to create a safer work environment and to help people. What challenges will they face? How will they over-come them? Will they make mistakes?

As many of you know they will face many challenges, personal and professionally, and make quite a few mistakes along the way. A safety professional making a mistake? Can it be? Friends, if you are not challenging yourself daily on a professional and personal level and making mistakes you are not growing. It’s easy taking the comfortable road. Doing what everyone else does. STOP IT!

Most of you are aware of the work practices that took place in the 1930s. They would calculate one death per floor built. Unheard of today! Why? Someone didn’t take the comfortable road. They accepted the challenge.

It is our obligation as safety professionals to continue to grow and learn. To improve the profession. As I heard one individual say, it’s not a best practice, because then we stop trying, call it a better practice and always strive to find a better way.

My challenge to you as you enter 2018 is this: Challenge yourself professionally and personally. Be the difference. If you are not failing, you are not trying. Number two, mentor someone and give back to the profession, all of us were not born safety professionals. Lastly, be your brother’s keeper and teach the same. Love one another as if your coworkers were family. There are thousands of families that have lost theirs to the workplace. This is why we are safety professionals.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours,

Donnie Chambless