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72 Best Workplace Safety Quotes From Inspirational Figures

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Seeking ideas on how to improve your workplace safety? Maybe our list of workplace safety quotes from well-known safety experts and public figures will give you some ideas on how to raise awareness about it.

Safety in the workplace is a concern that should be considered strictly and closely observed.

No matter the occupation, safety at work is of vital importance. Employers should always ensure that all the safety advantages for their workers and workers should obey all the safety rules, laws, and guidelines and avoid workplace safety issues.

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is hurt on the job every 7 seconds. That means 510 people are injured every hour, 12,600 a day, 88,500 a week, and 4,600,000 employees are hurt yearly.

While such accidents are devastating to the victims, they can also have a negative impact on a company's profits.

Employees must be encouraged to preserve and observe workplace safety guidelines. And what better way to do it than by sharing workplace safety quotes that not only raise awareness about workplace safety but also urge people to stay safe and secure.

Here’s our list of the Top 72 Workplace Safety Quotes Of All Time

1. Jackie Stewart

It takes leadership to improve safety.

2. Eleanor Everet

For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.

3. F.S. Hughes

Safety brings first aid to the uninjured.

4. Colorado School of Mines Magazine

You don’t need to know the whole alphabet of Safety. The A, B, C of it will save you if you follow it: Always Be Careful.

5. Don Brown

An incident is just the tip of the iceberg, a sign of a much larger problem below the surface.

6. Maine Department of Labor

Work injuries and illnesses can affect every aspect of life for workers and their families.

7. Making Paper

One earnest worker can do more by personal suggestion to prevent accidents than a carload of safety signs.

8. Robert Pelton

Tomorrow: your reward for working safely today.

9. Winston Churchill

Danger gathers upon our path. We cannot afford — we have no right — to look back. We must look forward.

10. Herman Kahn

Deterrence itself is not a preeminent value; the primary values are safety and morality.

11. Bill Shorten

What matters in a workplace, what helps an employer if you've got an unionized workforce is if your shop stewards know the rules of the game, if your safety reps are taught to to examine situations to make sure the workplace is more safety. Better informed delegates, better workplace safety saves companies money. Unions are very good at safety. We are good at teaching delegates how to resolve disputes.

12. Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

13. Marcus Aurelius

You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

14. George Robotham

If you want to work out what a safety displacement activity is, take it out of the equation and see if it makes any difference. If there’s no difference, then whatever that activity is, it’s probably a waste of time.

15. Dan Peterson

Paper doesn’t save people, people save people.

16. Erin Brockovich

I do care a great deal about the environment. Still, my real work and my greatest challenge are trying to overcome deceits that end up jeopardizing public health and safety.

17. Benjamin Franklin

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

18. Ralph Nader

There's no better policy in a society then pursuing health and safety of its people.

19. Meg Cabot

Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

20. David A. Morse

Our motto is to work for peace based on social justice. Our mandate is to improve the condition, health and safety of workers, and our mission is universal.

21. Sir Brian Appleton

Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.

22. Stephen Covey

If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

23. Matt Forck

Don't do something detrimental to yourself. In hurting yourself, you obviously do damage to you, but you are part of the team, so when you damage yourself via a poor choice, you are hurting the team as well.

24. Kina Repp

You are your own last line of defense in safety. It all boils down to you.

25. Voltaire

The danger which is least expected soonest comes to us.

26. Karl E. Weick

Error is pervasive. The unexpected is pervasive... What is not pervasive are well-developed skills to detect and contain these errors at their early stages.

27. Jodi Rell

At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.

28. Jerry Smith

Working safely is like breathing if you don’t, you die.

29. Aeschylus

Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.

30. Maine Department of Labor

Work injuries and illnesses can affect every aspect of life for workers and their families.

31. Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program

If the owner or manager does not show an interest in preventing employee injury and illness, then the employees will probably not give it much thought either.

32. Forum of Private Business

If you are the proprietor or managing director of a company, you are ultimately responsible for the health and safety in all aspects of the business.

33. Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Your employees learn by example. If they don't see you practicing good safety habits, they won't think safety is important.

34. Albert Einstein

Working virtually 100% indoors, in a seated position and usually talking on a phone, writing or typing on a computer paves the way for some of the top injuries ... to develop.


The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity.

36. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Alternate tasks whenever possible, mixing non-computer-related tasks into the workday. This encourages body movement and the use of different muscle groups.

37. Author Unknown

Protect your hands, you need them to pick up your pay check.

38. Proverb

Better a thousand times careful than once dead.

39. Robert Long

Measuring performance by the numbers of injuries you have is liked measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give.

40. Circa early 1900s

Carefulness costs you nothing. Carelessness may cost you your life.

41. Captain Scott Kelly

Safety has to be everyone’s responsibility… everyone needs to know that they are empowered to speak up if there’s an issue.

42. Author Unknown

Every accident is a notice that something is wrong with men, methods, or material — investigate — then act.

43. Author Unknown

Safety doesn't happen by accident.

44. Henry Ford

Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right.

45. Frances Perkins

To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods.

46. Anthony Hidden

There is almost no human action or decision that cannot be made to look flawed and less sensible in the misleading light of hindsight. It is essential that the critic should keep himself constantly aware of that fact.

47. Rob Long

Safety is never ‘attained’ but a work in progress in tension between ALARP and the Precautionary Principle.

48. Max Geyer

The point is that being able to demonstrate ‘due diligence’ is not about having a thing (a policy or a system or a heap of procedures and checklists) it is about doing a thing

49. Author Unknown

Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.

50. Kevin Jones

We would also ask real estate agents, who much they think our house is worth. But we never ask a safety professional, socially, how do I stay safe at work. In my experience, when people find out I am a safety professional, there is a deafening silence as, either, people don’t know that safety has a profession or my skills just seem irrelevant.

51. Chris Paley

We believe that we want to do what we are doing, otherwise how would we explain to others why we are doing it?

52. Chad Lilley

Now: target zero; zero harm; no accidents, although they all look good on paper, they all focus on what you want to avoid. Imagine setting your business goals at the start of the year and presenting a goal of wanting to avoid any financial loss this coming year to the board. They would boot you straight out of the room! So, for what reason do we accept that with safety?

53. Author Unknown

A chain is only as long as the weakest link.

54. John Green

Our systems have become the equivalent of the Internet – it’s where you go to get answers without even really knowing the question or the context. Through the excessive use of processes, procedure, checklists and forms we have dumbed down their curiosity.

55. Dave Collins

Off the shelf Safety Systems – if you want a good dust collector, buy a vacuum cleaner

56. Napoleon

There is no such thing as an accident, only a failure to recognise the hand of fate

57. Utopia

For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them.

58. I’m just not that into safety any more

Shortcuts cut life short.

59. Barry Spud

Safety is 30% Common Sense, 80% Compliance and the rest is good luck.

60. Rob Sams

I’m just not that into safety any more

61. Phil LaDuke

When safety professionals’ risk tolerance is out of alignment with societal norms the safety professional is doomed to a life of frustration.

62. Nelson Mandela

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

63. Author Unknown

Luck runs out but safety is good for life.

64. W. Edwards Deming

Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force asking for zero defects and new levels of productivity. Such exhortations only create adversarial relationships, as the bulk of the causes of low quality and low productivity belong to the system and thus lie beyond the power of the work force

65. Alan Quilley

Anyone who believes that they have common sense has simply forgotten who taught them what they know

66. Proverb

A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences

67. William Blake

What is now proven was once only imagined.” Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain!

68. Author Unknown

Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.

69. George, Seinfeld

Was it wrong to have sex with the cleaning woman on my desk? If I had only seen the safety compliance video, this wouldn’t have been a problem.

70. Wynand Serfontein

“Zero Harm” is a “do not” target. “Do” targets are possible, while “do not” is often impossible. The focus should be on aspects like “the best available and reasonable safety practices”, or “improved measures” or “better hazard/ risk identification.” These are things that can be done. If you tell me “do not get injured”, I am going to ask you “How will I not get injured?” What will your answer be? (If you do have an answer, I bet it will probably be a list of things I should DO)

71. Corrie Pitzer

People don’t care what you know until they know you care

72. Mark Twain

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Before you go

The only thing to remember is that safety first is safety always. Workplaces must be secure, and employees must be alert at all times. And as Eleanor Everet put it, it all boils down to "Safety is not a gadget, but a state of mind."

It's not hard. With few precautions at hand, and you're good to go. Until then, share these workplace safety quotes with your colleagues and spread the word!

Bhaswati Roy

This article is written by Bhaswati Roy who is a Content Marketer at Vantage Circle. In her spare time, she can be found reading crime thrillers or scrolling through food apps, unable to pick what to eat next. For any related queries, contact