As I mentioned in my earlier post about the OHS Section’s Award Luncheon, the section’s musical skit is one of the most eagerly anticipated events for worker health and safety advocated attending the APHA annual meeting. This year, vocal and lyrical master Luis Vazquez, accompanied by the OHS Thespian Collective, awed the audience with a new version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” that invites us to envision a future of safe and healthy workplaces. He’s given us permission to post the lyrics here, and you can find an instrumental version of the song here, in case you’re moved to perform the piece for your co-workers, friends, and family members.

Imagine Health & Safety
Lyrics By Luis Vazquez, 2009, All Rights Reserved
Sung to the tune of Imagine, by John Lennon

Imagine no more injuries
Or ‘blame the worker’ schemes
No workers killed in explosions
Or mangled in machines
Imagine all the workers
Going home in one piece!

Imagine no exposures
To chemicals that kill
No more carpal tunnel
Or other ergonomic ills
Imagine all the workers
Working without pain!

And you may say it’s our behaviors
But we’re not so gullible
I hope someday we’re educated
In health & safety and act as one

Imagine health and safety
A real priority
A health and safety committee
Not beholden to a boss
Imagine workers’ families
Suffering no loss!

And you may say it’s our behaviors
But we’re not so gullible
I hope someday we’re educated
In health & safety and act as one