Good afternoon everyone,
today I need to share my frustration with the world of painful safety acronyms – you’ve seen them, those annoying safety signs that have tortured a word into a “meaningful” phrase….Gods all help me, these damn things irritate the crap out of me.
Here are two randomly pulled from the internet to get you into my mindset:
- How do you spell Safety? Safety Means Always Remember Teamwork
are you f’ing kidding me? I’m pretty sure you spelled safety wrong and *starts kicking things out of annoyance*
- Safety, a culture to live by: Communication Urge Leadership Teamwork Understanding Recognition Empowerment
just…..no. stop it. stop making words say shit that sort of means something kind of they way you want to say it. just….no.
No-one in existence has said, “damn, we were just one good slogan away from being safe”. I have denied being in the business of Safety for years because of shit like this – how can you be a professional in a business that seems to excel at making themselves look ridiculous???
so anyway, here I am prepping crap for work and there is one of my loathed acronyms – SHARP. That’s right, Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (nope, didn’t torture themselves to make that word work…). Okay, things are going along normally until halfway through the report when I stumble upon a new initialism (aka first letter of each word that doesn’t actually spell anything), NCSP, which stands for National Construction SHARP Pilot. Realizing that they are using an acronym IN the initialism immediately broke my brain causing my vision to go a bit wonky and make my left eye twitch.
I’m making tea now.
Have a lovely day,