Safety culture is all about the attitudes, values, behaviors, and beliefs that are practiced by a company. These things are not the easiest to measure, however. Nevertheless, our OSHA attorneys know that a strong safety culture is essential for an effective safety program. To reduce the occurrence of workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths, inculcate the following habits to transform your company’s safety culture.
Investment from Leadership
The success of any business starts with leadership. Leaders who value safety will lead by example. They will invest in the right resources to more effectively identify and prevent workplace accidents. Leaders who not only talk about the rules but actively follow them will get more employee buy-in.
People tend to invest in what they value. When leaders make safety a priority, employees follow suit. Employees who value safety will put forth the effort to increase their safety knowledge and ensure they are following the best safety practices. Recognizing and rewarding positive safety practices will further motivate employees to buy in.
Empowered employees are satisfied employees. When employees know that their employer is committed to their health and safety they are more likely to be satisfied and engaged. They empower employees to take ownership of their own safety and the safety of their peers.
Established Safety Procedures and Policies
Post safety procedures and policies throughout the jobsite. Ensure that they are clearly written and understood by all employees, even if you must produce them in different languages.
A high priority is placed on accurate and detailed reporting of injuries and illnesses. Putting systems in place to correct and prevent safety issues can reveal any safety gaps that could potentially put your employees at risk. Employers that encourage employees to report safety issues send the message that their health and safety is a priority.
Regular Safety Training
Training is one of the most important elements of a strong safety program. Training should not be viewed as just another cost but an investment. Regularly scheduled safety training classes will keep employees aware of hazards and reinforce learning important safety policies, processes, and regulations.
The Result of a Strong Safety Culture
There is more to a robust safety culture, but successful companies are those that stay progressive and look for ways in which they can improve. Companies that are committed to building a culture of safety will see their incident rates and absenteeism drop, as well as experience less employee turnover and higher productivity.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.