My wife and I have been married for 25 years - a significant achievement we take pride in. Yes, there have been good and not-so-good times, but we made an oath to look after each other, in sickness and in health, and we’ve kept it. But we’re not the only ones.
Taking an oath has been institutionalised across many fields; my local doctor, for one, may have taken the Hippocratic Oath in the spirit of ‘first do no harm’. But what about maintenance and reliability staff, engineers, and asset managers? Do they swear by some secret oath? Perhaps there should be ‘zero harm’, an oath to put the health of their equipment first.