10 Steps to Build a Positive Safety Culture: Part II
10 Steps to Building Positive Safety Culture: Part II
Welcome back to all of those who read our last blog, which contains the first five steps to building positive safety culture. If you haven’t read this yet, we recommend doing so before reading on.
6. Investigate Accidents
While reporting on and investigating near misses is an essential step in building positive safety culture, this doesn’t mean you stop investigating accidents. When investigating accidents, there are many times where it builds trust and unity within the company if the investigation is done to find future solutions, rather than assigning blame for situations that cannot be reversed. Take these opportunities to build on internal communication and cooperation between departments.
7. Training & More Training
Providing proper training should be a no-brainer. If there is equipment that needs to be used, make sure that there is someone there who knows how to use it properly. Not only that, but if there are other assets, like a lone worker safety solution, ensure that every member of the team is properly trained in the most effective way to use these. Risks substantially increase when training is lacking.
8. Make Safety a Core Value
Building safety into the company at a core value level elicits change from a companywide prospective. It also builds trust and value towards the company from staff when a company values its people and treats them as the company’s most important asset. Making safety a core value changes the view of safety as a compliance issue to something that staff and managers can be proud of. One way of doing this is not rewarding unsafe behaviour. For example, if a truck driver skips their rest times and drives for too long, yes their delivery will arrive quicker, but it goes against safe practice. Be sure to have procedures in place to catch this type of behaviour and put a stop to it, rather than offering bonus for faster delivery.
9. Have a Designated Team
Every successful workplace initiative needs guidance and drive. The best way to provide this is to make sure that there is a designated safety team, or at the very least one person in charge of safety measures. When it is someone’s job, safety doesn’t get but on the back-burner until some free time comes up. It also shows other employees that this is a real area of focus for the company.
10. Celebrate Success
Safety isn’t the easiest subject to get people excited about. Make sure that you celebrate small and big successes alike. Again, this can have a really positive impact on lone workers. Due to the nature of working alone, it’s nice for employees to know that their efforts to contribute to the company’s safety culture don’t go unnoticed.
So how do you know when you have reached the point where you can boast a positive safety culture? The best example we came across was from EHS Daily Advisor:
“In a strong safety culture, everyone feels responsible for safety and pursues it on a daily basis. Employees go beyond “the call of duty” to identify unsafe conditions and behaviours, and intervene to correct them.
For instance, in a strong safety culture any worker would feel comfortable walking up to the plant manager or CEO and reminding him or her to wear safety glasses. This type of behaviour would not be viewed as forward or over-zealous but would be valued by the organization and rewarded.”
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