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WHAT DOES " DO IT

SAFELY OR NOT AT

ALL" REALLY MEAN?

We all know that safety is one of SVITZER’s core value propositions. “Do It Safely or Not at All” is not just a popular slogan but also a belief system deeply embedded in our business principles and practice, where the protection of human lives, assets and the environment is a prerequisite to everything we do. Which means that even though we are fully committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment without compromise, we also believe that safety is a collective responsibility. We are all responsible for the safety of ourselves and the people we work with. Therefore, we strongly encourage positive safety behaviour and just as strongly discourage negative safety behaviour.

THE KEY PRINCIPLES
To create a work atmosphere where everyone feels empowered enough to “Do It Safely or Not at All”, we are guided bythese key principles:
• We all have a right to stop work if it places anyone in danger.
• We all have a basic responsibility to report and find solutions to unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviour. 
• Injuries are not a natural consequence of work.
• We must all respect our rules of operation.
• We must all be able to pay full attention to our work and to our surroundings.
• Safety is a natural part of our day-today decisions.

“Do It Safely or Not at All” also means that we are properly trained, have a clear understanding of the scope of work and feel ready to take on the job. Failure to meet any of these requirements will endanger ourselves as well as others. In other words, we operate in an atmosphere of trust, teamwork and mutual respect.

SAFETY CULTURE BASICS
Building a company safety culture mature enough to manage any risks and changes to the work environment responsibly takes time and serious effort. We are of course willing to put in this effort. However, it is also crucial that we acknowledge that areas with potential pitfalls exist.

TIME SPENT ON SAFETY IS PART OF THE JOB
Sometimes, time spent on safety can be seen as a reduction of the time available for a job. However, it is crucial that we recognise that safety has to be a fully integrated part of the job for us to complete a job without incidents successfully. In practical terms, this means that we must plan our work in such a way that taking safety precautions, managing risks and ensuring that others are not endangered are all part of the process.It is not acceptable that safety is compromised or not taken into account because of a perceived lack of time. 

KEEP YOUR FOCUS
Always ensure that you are fully focused on the task and your immediate surroundings. If you feel or know that the tools, or the physical environment, are not sufficient to ensure a safe operation do not proceed until it is safe to do so. We know that some hazards are manageable and some are not. Learn to recognise the difference. Bring unsafe behaviours or conditions out into the open; it can save lives, even a thousand miles away. 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
The way you act sets an example for others to follow. Taking risks or short cuts may seem the right thing to do especially if you feel a need to hurry. You will probably be lucky a few times but ask any injuredperson if safety is less important than completing the task. Knowledge is always power, so know the rules and know the risks. If you do not know what they are, do not hesitate to ask. In that way, you can help create a safer work environment and minimise potentially unsafe behaviour.

SAFEYT CULTURE COURSE
These and other aspects of safety culture are the basic premises of the Safety Culture Course currently being conducted in theAMEA Region. We believe the course, is the
right next step considering our current safety performance and our earlier focus on safe technology and management systems. The Safety Culture Course is for everybody,
leaders, managers and operators. For many it may act as a refresher, for others food for thought. But the main aim of this course is that people engage in constructive
dialogue about safety, that they take ownership of the challenges and, finally, that each and every person can live safely and promote safety. 

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