1. It starts at the top
Safety culture starts or stops with management. So how can they demonstrate their commitment to safety? Safetyconsultant.net has some tips for managers.
- develop a clearly-worded written policy
- develop specific goals and objectives related to health & safety
- never visit the worksite without the proper PPE, or grant short-cuts which could compromise health and safety
- include supervisors and line workers in the development and implementation of safety procedures.
2. Employees are empowered
Safety.BLR.com has tips on how to make employees feel responsible for their safety.
- Implement a formal “safety suggestion” system, by which employees may report potential hazards and suggest corrective action. (Make sure that all such suggestions are responded to.)
- Assign employee safety teams the responsibility for identifying and correcting hazards in specific areas.(Let their corrective actions stand, even if you think they could still be improved.)
- Publicly acknowledge and applaud good safety suggestions and any actions taken by employees to identify hazards and improve safety.
3. Talk about it
How often do you talk about safety? Is it part of your tailgate meetings or is it an after-thought?
Something else to think about is HOW you talk about it. As a nuisance? As an additional expense? Or is it an ingrained part of planning your work, and purchase of new equipment? This can make the difference between a culture of compliance to a culture of safety.
4. Don’t forget anybody
Think about everybody who enters your worksite, like the cleaning crew, temporary workers, contractors, and visitors. Make sure you are making them aware of the specific risks they may encounter on your worksite, and encourage your employees to always keep an eye out for them.
5. Strive for continuous improvement
EHS Today proposes the adoption of a “30-inch view”
“A 30-inch view of people and performance can accelerate a transformation to a continuous improvement culture. Three key elements to consider are:
- Eliminate pain and fatigue as a barrier to engagement.
- Design for human performance.
- Establish shop floor ownership with respectful engagement.”