Safety is more than common sense
Posted on December 30, 2009
“Common sense” is a phrase regularly used to describe workplace health and safety. More often than not the term is used dismissively. This is part of the reason that the OHS profession struggles for legitimacy and why there is a constant sense of frustration in the profession and OHS regulators.
Safety may be seen as common sense but common sense is also the reason behind shortcuts that lead to death and injury. (Look at the Darwin Awards for the effects of common sense)
Common Sense should be banned from the safety professional and business lexicon as it does not illuminate a problem nor explain the reasons for a decision or action.
Common Sense inhabits the same realm as “occupational hazard”. Both terms do more harm to OHS management than help.