A safety culture is a broad, organisation-wide approach to safety management. It is the end result of combined individual and group efforts toward values, attitudes, goals and proficiency of an organisation’s health and safety program.
It is important to develop a strategy to ensure effective communication and engagement with all stakeholders within your organisation, from the employees and supervisors to the top level management.
Workplace safety should be an intrinsic part and not a separate add-on of an organisation’s operations and culture.
Building a strong workplace safety culture
Creating an effective safety culture is an ongoing process and is a large commitment on behalf of the entire company. The following can help you create and nurture a safety culture:
1. Ensuring commitment to workplace safety at all levels
All stakeholders should share the same safety vision, goals and objectives.
2. Enforcing accountability
This should be done in each level within your organisation. Define each individual’s safety responsibilities and hold everyone accountable especially the managers and supervisors.
3. Training all stakeholders
Safety information should be offered for all involved. Employees need to be educated on the importance of reporting their concerns as well as injuries and near misses.
4. Build trust
Aim to maintain a blame-free work environment. This will help foster corporation and trust between the workers and the management.
5. Celebrate success
There is no better way to keep everyone motivated.
WHS should be seen as an investment and not as an expenditure. By neglecting the legislation, your company can end up spending even more (in compensations, fines etc.) And when you fail to create and foster a positive safety culture, it can find it hard to meet WHS requirements.
At Recovery Partners, it is our duty to ensure that our clients have a workplace culture that works towards their safety objectives. Through inspections, our team of WHS consultants will help you identify safety hazards, assess risks and issue you with a detailed report and safety recommendations.
Our services are available across the nation and if you are interested, you can enquire online here.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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