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Be The Han Solo of Safety in Your Workplace

Han Solo may not seem like the poster boy for workplace safety.  Afterall, he did fly into that asteroid field and was frozen in carbonite.  But these were more unfortunate biproducts of being relentlessly pursued by an evil galactic empire and a giant slug.  But when Han is faced with workplace safety issues, he takes the cautious approach.  Something we can all learn from:

1.)  Insists coworkers wear safety equipment

We don’t know if Chewie is an employee or not, but Han seems to have provided safety goggles.  Even under tight timelines (like the Rebel base being under attack), there are no shortcuts in this workplace.  Always wear safety gear even when you’re under a tight timeline.  Hahn even has breathing masks aboard the ship in the unfortunate event of landing inside a space worm.  The point is, don’t skip the equipment.  Always have it on hand and use it when it’s required.


2.)  Provides first aid and then seeks medical attention

When Han finds Luke in the snow on Hoth he administers first aid and then seeks professional medical attention.  In this case, that professional medical attention appears involve a tank of water and advice from a creepy medical droid, but you get the idea.


3.)  Follows protocol even when others press for speed

You won’t find Han skipping protocols just because someone’s getting impatient.  In New Hope, Luke panics about delays in jumping to light speed.

Obi-Wan: How long before you can make the jump to light speed? 
Han Solo: It'll take a few moments to get the coordinates from the navi-computer. 
[the ship begins to rock violently as lasers hit it] 
Luke: Are you kidding? At the rate they're gaining...? 
Han Solo: Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star, or bounce too close to a supernova and that'd end your trip real quick, wouldn't it.


To summarize Han’s approach to workplace safety: he may be cool and cocky but he’s cautious when it comes to following the rules even when others panic.  Finally, when things do go wrong, he knows a few simply first aid measures and then seeks medical attention from a professional (in this case a robot).

Take a tip from Han and stay safe out there, no matter where you work.  Just stay away from the carbon freezing chamber.



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Brian Polick

By Brian Polick

Brian Polick is the Corporate Risk Manager for Nesco Resource. Visit his departments Facebook Page here:

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