When people ask me about my job, they’re usually surprised to learn that I like writing about workforce safety and compliance issues.
“Isn’t that, like, really technical?” They ask. “Don’t you get bored?”
No, not at all. While there are plenty of technical aspects to what we do (safety data sheets and environmental documentation come to mind), one primary role of any EHS professional is to connect regulations and standards to everyday human behavior. That means helping people understand what the rules are, and how those rules are designed to keep you from, say, losing an eye.
And when your job is literally a matter of life and death, it’s hard to get bored—and dangerous, to boot.
Then there’s all the fascinating reading I get to do. Clearly, I’m not the only one who believes this line of work warrants lively commentary and the occasional odd metaphor.
Over at Risk and Insurance magazine, business professor and Risk Insider Jack Hampton recently wrote an excellent article that demonstrates what I’m getting at. The article somehow weaves in color blindness, fear of flying, and James Holzhauer—the Jeopardy! contestant who just completed a 32-game winning streak—to make a point about the risks we over-accentuate and the risks we choose to ignore.
“Using a time-worn but still effective SWOT analysis, Holzhauer brought a unique vision to Jeopardy: