Is your team suffering from a severe case of meetingitis? As ice breakers or in presentations, these quotes will get you out of the boring meetings routine!
In every warehouse, talking about safety is a must. Keeping your employees in the loop—whether about equipment handling, emergency procedures, or ergonomics—not only helps protect their health and well-being and prevent accidents but also fosters a culture of trust while boosting productivity. Simply put, when your workers feel safe, they’re more likely to do a good job.
Still, holding people’s attention on this subject can be a challenge. To help you inspire your employees and spark conversations on safety, we’ve put together a list of motivational quotes related to key topics in workplace safety. Consider using any of these quotes as a jumping-off point for an engaging discussion with your staff!
Keeping your employees safe
- “Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.” — Author unknown
- “The safety of the people shall be the highest law.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
- “How employees manage health and safety in the workplace or how labor rights are respected are issues important for employees and investors alike. Companies can, and should, do good right alongside doing well.” — Tim Smith
- “You are your last line of defense in safety. It boils down to you.” — Kina Repp
- “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” — Mahatma Gandhi
- “Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.” — Sir Brian Appleton
These quotes get to the heart of why workplace safety is so vital: a business is only as good as its people. This is the reason the largest warehouses and distribution centers in North America have stringent safety standards: employees need to feel safe and comfortable in order to do their best work, and employers are required by law to provide a safe work environment. Use these quotes to remind your workers that their safety will always be your top priority.
Fostering a strong safety culture
- “Ask the people who work in the warehouse to start thinking about safety, and on a regular, periodic basis, review and discuss how they might work better. I encourage people to put a meeting on a calendar, once a month, at least to come together for an hour or 90 minutes to discuss ideas for improvement.” — Joseph Flahiff, author of “Being Agile in a Waterfall World: A practical guide for complex organizations.”
- “Prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.” — Author unknown
- “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” — Benjamin Franklin
- “The future of the safety movement is not so much dependent upon the invention of safety devices as on the improvement of methods of educating people to the ideal of caution and safety.” — Walter Dill Scott
- “Every accident is a notice that something is wrong with men, methods, or material. Investigate—then act.” — Author unknown
Building a safety culture means setting high safety standards and encouraging employee participation and accountability when it comes to upholding those standards. In a workplace with a strong safety culture, an employee will feel comfortable speaking up when they see something that doesn’t look safe—and this is vital in preventing accidents and safety breaches.
- “When it comes down to it, safety is priority when it comes to a warehouse – after safety, you can think about efficiency. The last thing you want to do is put your warehouse workers in danger – just to boost your profit margins. A safe warehouse is an efficient warehouse.” – Business First Family Organization
- “It matters little how much equipment we use; it matters much that we be masters of all we do use.” — Sam Abell
- “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.” — Mines Magazine (Colorado School of Mines)
- “It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way.” — Wallace D. Wattles
- “At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.” — Jodi Rell
Warehouse safety depends heavily on the correct use of equipment. It’s critical that all employees receive proper training and have a thorough understanding of every piece of equipment they’ll be using on the job.
Promoting mental health and well-being
- “Treating employees benevolently shouldn’t be viewed as an added cost that cuts into profits, but as a powerful energizer that can grow the enterprise into something far greater than one leader could envision.” — Harold Schultz
- “Safety isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.” — Author unknown
- “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” — Anne Frank
- “We believe a happy employee will lead directly to happy customers.” — Chris Hammond
- “Studies show that a trusting workplace increases employees’ level of happiness, work effort, productivity, and engagement. It also provides an environment that encourages open communication and promotes people to share their ideas.” — Arthur Miller
- “When we think about being the most customer-centric organization, we (also) want to be the most safety-centric organization in the world.” — Marla Corson, director, Amazon North America Customer Fulfillment, Environmental Health and Safety
Creating a culture that supports employee mental health and well-being is one of the smartest business decisions you’ll ever make. When people feel safe and supported at work, they’re more motivated and engaged, which translates to a positive impact on your bottom line.
Warehouse Fire safety
- “Don’t let your dreams go up in smoke—practice fire safety.” — Author unknown
- “Fire can kill. Don’t be a statistic!” — Author unknown
- “Think of fire before it starts.” — Author unknown
Warehouse fires can not only cause irreversible damage to the building’s structure, machinery, and stock, but also endanger the lives of your employees, so it’s crucial for everyone in your organization to take fire safety seriously. Plan to review fire safety measures with your employees on a regular basis.
- “Don’t get carried away—look out for forklifts.” — Author unknown
- “Safety is no accident.” — Author unknown
- “The key to safety is in your hands.” — Author unknown
- “Make safety a reality and don’t be a fatality.” — Author unknown
Forklifts are a common cause of warehouse accidents. According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in six workplace deaths involves a forklift, and forklift accidents account for around 85 deaths each year. As forklifts pose a significant danger to those working nearby, everyone in the warehouse—not just the forklift operators—needs to be trained on forklift safety.
- “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” — Michael Phelps
- “The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.” — Barack Obama
Despite your best efforts, accidents and crises will happen. When they do, you’ll need to meet with your employees to discuss what happened and how to prevent similar incidents in the future. Getting back on your feet after a disaster might seem like an insurmountable challenge, but as these quotes suggest, it’s essential to move forward while not forgetting the lessons learned from the incident.
- “Train your employees on rack safety and they’ll identify and report the damage. Empower them to report damage and you’ll avoid accidents.” — Robert Bouchard, Damotech rack expert
Rack collapse is another major warehouse safety concern, with consequences ranging from structural and equipment damage to injury and death. One of the primary causes of racking system failure is a damaged frame as a result of forklift impact, which weakens the rack’s ability to support loads. That’s why, in order to prevent rack-related accidents and keep everyone safe, it’s critical to train your employees to spot and report damage.
Providing a safe work environment is not just about establishing safety procedures, displaying the right signage, and training your employees, but also about building a company culture that values safety above all else. One of the best ways to do this is to initiate conversations about safety on a regular basis so that everyone on the warehouse floor has a chance to learn, ask questions, and discuss their concerns.