A strong safety culture proves to result in many benefits, including lower injury rates, increased ability to retain existing staff and attract new staff, as well as higher return on investment (ROI). Thus, safety related expense should be deemed a long-term investment, not cost. Building a strong safety culture isn’t a one man’s job either; it involves the entire workforce to be dedicated to safety and stay involved. We’ve collected five (5) of our most popular blogs to guide you through what safety culture is, why safety culture is more important than you think, and how to build a world-class safety program:
Safety Culture Definition and What It Means to Organization Leaders
Dedication to health and safety does not only pertain to high hazard industries such as construction. Big companies in other sectors like Coca-Cola recognized that its success in the long run relies on ensuring the safety of its workers. Creating a strong health and safety culture may take months, even years. Learn how management commitment to health and safety and organization-wide awareness contribute to your safety culture.
Safety Leadership: Jobsite Workers’ Role in Building Safety Culture
It’s critical to build a strong safety culture both from the top down and bottom up! Not only organizational safety leaders should proactively develop an effective safety training program, but jobsite workers must be included in all health and safety procedure planning also. Many unfortunate mistakes that lead to workers’ injuries and illnesses could have been avoided with safety management and proper training. It’s important to note that providing training is completely different from developing an effective, on-going safety training program, as part of building a strong safety culture. This blog will explain the role of jobsite workers in ensuring workplace safety and best practices for safety leadership.
Aspects of a World-Class Safety Program: Trends & Applications
Having a world-class safety program means having the highest quality, most effective, and cutting edge safety program that moves the incident rate towards zero. A world-class safety program requires continuous improvements, and should also be measurable. Learn more about two essential aspects of world-class safety program: (1) ongoing access to effective safety training, and (2) hazard assessment and safety plans at each new jobsite.
7 Aspects of A World Class Safety Program (Part 2)
Besides jobsite workers’ involvement, ongoing access to safety training for supervisors and jobsite workers, and hazard assessments and safety plans at each new jobsite, the other four significant elements of a world class safety program include: strong safety leadership abilities in supervisors, regular safety meetings with jobsite workers and supervisors, strong emphasis on communication for company and project, and lastly, prompt and thorough incident and near miss investigations.
Safety Culture vs. Safety Climate: The Differences and Indicators
Safety culture and safety climate are related yet different concepts, the use of which could be confusing. In a strong safety culture, safety comes first and is embedded as a fundamental value of an organization. Companies that focus on building a strong safety culture are taking the proactive approach to ensure productive and safe jobsites, as opposed to reactively address the issue after an incident has happened. This blog will further explain the distinction in these two concepts, seven leading indicators of a strong safety culture, and their implications for safety leaders.