In a society of ever-increasing rules, we tend to lean on the bureaucracies that create the regulations to support us. However, it’s important to understand that rules aren’t what truly keep us safe. At the end of the day, safety only occurs when we take an actionable stance on being safe. Reading endless OSHA recommendations doesn’t make us one whit safer until we actually take responsibility for our own actions. Having a hard hat and safety glasses is good practice, however, being aware of your environment is the true first line of protection. By never putting yourself in harm’s way, you will not need to utilize the protection afforded by the safety systems. Counting on safety rules and regulations is a passive approach, much like playing defense in a game without ever scoring. It’s solid offense that carries the ball and wins games, and it’s a proactive stance on safety that will ensure your safety. All too often, I see people relying on some process or electronic gizmo to protect them, when the reality is that no process can be counted on to be foolproof.