What does safety look like?

PPE (personal protective equipment) = Safety.

At least this is the message by looking at the cover of the “National Strategy” (Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022).

national strategy cover

On the cover there are seven people with

4 pairs of safety goggles/sunglasses;

3 fluorescent high visibility shirts;

3 pairs of earmuffs;

2 sunhats;

2 hairnets; and

1 mask.

Does PPE=Safety?  Actually PPE is a message that danger is present.  Inside the strategy is quite different.

For example: (p9) “Healthy and safe by designHazards are eliminated or minimised by design. » Structures, plant and substances are designed to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks before they are introduced into the workplace.  » Work, work processes and systems of work are designed and managed to eliminate or minimise hazards and risks.”

Why the opposite message on the cover?

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About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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