Yesterday, we looked at five ways employers can encourage a positive safety culture in the workplace. Today, we’ll focus more directly on management and leadership strategies that can enhance your company’s commitment to safety—and how your workers perceive it.
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Safety culture, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is “the characteristics of the work environment, such as the norms, rules, and common understandings that influence facility personnel’s perceptions of the importance that the organization places on safety.” When employers create a positive safety culture, workplace safety and health improve, as […]
The 2019 Annual Safety Progress Report, based on a yearly survey conducted by the EHS Daily Advisor and SafeStart, is our latest record of how safety professionals in the real world are identifying and overcoming common safety challenges. The top 3 challenges we’ve identified for 2019 are familiar to environment, health, and safety (EHS) pros—but […]
The EHS Daily Advisor recently partnered with Sphera® to conduct research into the link between safety and operations. The resulting report, Realizing Operational Excellence Through Safety Culture and Leadership, is now available—read on for some key highlights from our study, along with details on how you can download your free copy of the report.
Most organizations have some form of workplace violence prevention plan in place. However, that is only the first step. EHS, security, or HR personnel may not know how to effectively communicate this plan to employees, or how to appropriately communicate that an actual incident is in progress. According to 2019 Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium keynote […]
Supervisors have the most direct and frequent contact with employees, which makes them ideal safety leaders in the workplace.
Your safety culture—the attitudes and habits underlying health and safety practices in your workplace—is an essential hazard control. It can be difficult to build but easy to destroy, and one thing that can destroy your carefully-constructed safety culture is a permissive attitude toward the safety practices of your contractors and suppliers.
Because health and safety tend to operate alongside the hierarchical management structure of an organization (a situation sometimes conceptualized as an “information silo,” suggesting a degree of isolation), safety professionals may not think of themselves as leaders. But that doesn’t mean that safety professionals can’t implement the same leadership practices that company managers use to […]
At BLR’s Safety Culture 2018 conference, taking place September 13-14 in Atlanta, Dr. E. Scott Geller, a senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions and an alumni distinguished professor at Virginia Tech University, delivered an opening keynote titled Seven Life Lessons for Safety and Beyond. Dr. Geller provided attendees with some key insights from his 50-plus […]
Does your safety leader need to be a safety expert? Putting a safety expert in charge of building your safety culture may actually hold you back.