I found this a few yars ago, and I loved it….it really resonated with me because I have a manual handling spine (called Bob) at home that I use as a prop when I do manual handling training, and have always wished that a family member would let me do a manual handling training session on them at home so I can get ‘Bob’ out. Hope you laugh as much as I did answering the questions:
You are part of a select club of ‘Safety Nerds’ if…..
1. Your heart beats noticeably faster when you hear or read the word “audit”. Did it happen just then?
2. You’ll stand proudly on a deserted street corner in the rain, waiting for the “Walk” signal.
3. You constantly point out to your friends when they lift things correctly, or to sit up straight when watching TV.
4. You know that the term ‘Near Miss’ really means Near HIT but like to call it an ‘oh shit’ experience.
5. Your prescription eye glasses have side shields permanently attached and you wear them EVERYWHERE because “you never know when you’re going to run into an eye injury hazard”.
6. You have a dog-eared copy of the Work Health and Safety Act in your bathroom and almost every third section is HIGHLIGHTED.
7. You think it’s hilarious when you respond to a worker’s question about how much they can safely lift by chuckling “I don’t know how much CAN you lift?” Extra points if you slap your knee as you say this.
8. You can actually recite, from memory, the definition of a confined space entry and requirements for fall protection.
9. Whenever you hear that a fellow Safety Geek’s company has a lower lost time injury rate than yours, you immediately suspect that they are just better at their return to work.
10. Your favorite baseball caps have “Think Safety” boldly displayed on the front of them.
11. You know that LTIFR means “Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate” and you can actually explain the mathematics used to calculate that number.
12. You adjust all your chairs, TVs and computers at home to be ergonomically correct
13. You have been known to have said ‘safety can be sexy’.
14. When watching an episode of CSI, you have a pen and paper handy so you can write down any new investigation methods you see.
15. You’ve offered to hold off-the-job safety training sessions for your family.
16. You have ordered “safety slogan” travel mugs for safe driving awards, even though you know that eating and drinking while driving is the number one distraction among drivers.
17. Your children won’t bring their friends over to your house to play because you make them all wear hearing protection, safety glasses and knee pads.
18. You can accurately mouth the words along with the company Safety Orientation DVD as it plays.
19. You can list every type of respirator cartridge made by name, manufacturer, number and colour coding.
20. You know what: JSA, MSDS, SWMS, OHSMS, WHS and AS4801 all mean or stand for, but when one of your workers calls out “BS” during your safety talk, you’re confused.
21. You know that not all “hygienists” clean people’s teeth.
22. You know at least one person who is a certified industrial/occupational hygienist, you just never understand what they are saying.
23. You have what you think is a great answer to a worker’s question about why s/he has to wear a hard hat while working alone in an open field.
24. You have a presentation slide that quotes the Birds Safety Triangle for hazards.
25. You also have a slide with a picture of an iceberg on it that has nothing to do with the sinking of the Titanic.
And finally (for now), you might be a Safety Nerd if you care enough about your fellow humans to actually do at least some of these things noted above. Keep up the good work! (original author anonomous)