In Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz," each of the three major characters is in search of an attribute. It was not a character flaw as much as a missing component that could in, each of their minds, make each of them "real." If you remember the movie, these attributes consisted of a heart, a brain, and courage. Baum may have not intended these qualities to be interpreted as attributes needed by the EHS professional for success on the road to safety excellence. But the safety professional's needs are similar. He must have:

  • A passion for safety and the profession.

  • A thought leader to develop a plan focused on safety excellence

  • The courage to execute the plan in spite of obstacles and bumps in the road like the wicked witches.

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