Are We Predicting Rain?

“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett

Late last night, I landed in Florida in the middle of a storm. Upon touchdown, cellphones throughout the plane rang and buzzed with flood watch emergency warnings.

They’d called it accurately. Lots of rain and flooding.

Good job, right?

We do this in EHS as well. We’ve begun to sound like sirens. We call out for more investigation, more data, more tracking, and more analysis, all with the promise of injury and incident prediction.

But like a rain storm, if you’re not building arks, it doesn’t count.

You see, predicting rain is the easy part. So is pushing the button to send out a federal emergency warning.

Are we ready to do the hard part and implement hazards controls?

Are we ready to build arks?


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