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Safety as a Vocation

A Vocation is a calling, a calling to something higher. It becomes your life’s work, your mission, your purpose, your passion.

Daily I work with safety advocates who exercise that purpose, their passion. Thesafety is a must job they perform ensures that millions of workers get home to their families at the end of the day. For those of you who are in school and considering a career and vocation in health and safety, it’s a noble vocation and a great career choice; take it serious, because unfortunately not all will make it home. It’s a brutal reality; nobody wants to hear about it, it means something went horribly wrong. Safety professionals deal with it and will work tirelessly to find out what went wrong and correct conditions, attitudes and environment where necessary. Now you will face the family who suffered the loss and or injury. This family also includes co-workers. Additionally they must answer to OSHA on behalf of the employer.

A vocation follows you home. You sometimes lay awake at night figuring out how to make safety relevant in the lives of those who you serve. Safety is not just another job. As a safety provider we furnish tools for training, power point presentations, safety videos, “on line training”, entire programs. In the hands of a professional with a purpose they are wonderful; otherwise these become lifeless as well.

So you see, it takes a special person to answer the call to this vocation. The good news is there are far more successes than failures. Enjoy the rest of your summer. If you are a safety professional thank you for making it your vocation. If you are an employee working for a company with a safety professional then find time to thank them, and be a part of their commitment and mission to get you home to your family safely.

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