The articles here will show you how to build safety culture, and maintain it when you do. We’ll talk motivation technique, incentives, employee contests, recognition programs, and other safety awareness methods.
By Eric Svendsen, PhD, Principal, safetyBUILT-IN
One thing successful safety leaders do to help build a stronger safety culture in the organization is to build levels of employee engagement. An engaged employee thinks and acts like an owner, and because of that, they not only remain safer on the job, but they are also much more likely to help you lead a safety culture.
Many organizations want to improve their safety culture in order to reduce injury rates, save money, and increase productivity. But how does a company begin to foster a culture of safety? The following are a just few key areas that go a long way toward establishing a positive safety culture in an organization:
In announcing the winners of this year’s Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards, Indiana Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble observed, “There is no greater achievement as a business or organization than ensuring all employees go home safely at the end of the workday.”
As injury rates decrease, complacency increases. In turn, complacency leads to human errors that cause injuries. It’s a paradox explained by Don Wilson, vice president of SafeStart Division of Electrolab Training Systems at his opening keynote presentation, The War Against Complacency: Proven Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Human Factor Errors, delivered recently during the BLR® Safety Summit in Austin, Texas.
For years, the safety community has discussed and debated the merits of a safety process that aims to eradicate all injuries, incidents, and fatalities. How reasonable is it to aim for the very pinnacle of safety achievement? Is the goal too lofty to inspire change? Could it actually hamper your efforts?
A business that rents heavy equipment says it’s making progress toward zero injuries. Find out about their newest initiative to enhance and spread safety awareness.
When you put an effective safety program in place–one that eliminates as many hazards as possible, substitutes safer alternatives when available, and uses engineering controls to minimize other hazards–your workers can start to think of the workplace as “safe.” And when people feel safe, what happens? They might let their guard down.
By Ana Ellington
At this year’s New England area American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development conference, Keith Robinson, corporate safety director at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., presented a lively session on how behaviors impact safety performance in workplaces—safety culture is key.
By: Lori Siegelman
Why do some safety programs create real change within their organizations, when others don’t seem to make a significant difference? Often, the answer is effective employee involvement.
All employers should know how great the benefits can be when employees embrace safety and live it every day. But some employees may think, What’s in it for me? Plenty, according to Safety Consultant Kevin Burns. Today, we have a list of benefits for employees who buy in to safety—and tips on providing the right tools to drive employee engagement.