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August 24, 2015

4 Essential Steps to Creating an Authentic Safety Culture

4 Essential Steps to Creating an Authentic Safety Culture

If you want to improve the safety practices of your organization, you can’t just have rules, mandates, and requirements for safety. Rules get broken, requirements aren’t met, and safe behaviors can become tedious obligations rather than instinctive actions. In order to ensure safety takes a front seat for your organization, you must create a safety culture.


So what differentiates "culture" from rules and requirements? Culture can be defined as “the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular group, which are transmitted and reinforced by members of the group.” Here are four ways to make sure that safety becomes engrained in the behaviors and beliefs of your “group” – your team or company:


1. Training


You can’t expect your employees to know how to enact safety behaviors if you don’t teach them, right? You can set up required meetings or motivate people to attend optional training with “safety lunches.” Create safety materials to pass out – these can be electronic or hard-copy materials like informational posters or notecards. Do whatever works best for your company, but whatever you decide – make sure to train!


2. Incentives


Let your employees know you appreciate their efforts, by rewarding safe behavior. Set goals for safety measures and plan events or rewards when your teams meet them. Be careful with the opposite though – punishing employees for accidents or near-misses can deter them from reporting these incidents when they happen, an important part of creating safety culture.


3. Measurement


If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, it’s hard to make sure you hit the target. You can measure the results of your safety culture efforts by measuring the percent of employees who complete training, improvements in your injury or near miss rates, inspection completion rate, etc. By measuring your efforts you can ensure that others follow suit, by giving them something to aim for. 


4. Inspections


Make sure you have personnel inspecting your workstations to ensure that safety practices and safe behaviors are continuing to be used throughout your organization. Using an inspections software system can help you organize, measure, and monitor your efforts more easily.


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