5 key steps to implementing a safety culture within you business
Safety culture – the attitudes, values and systems surrounding well-being, health and protection in your workplace.
The benefits of providing a safety culture may be obvious to you, but what about your employees?
Even if they are aware, safety culture is often seen as an advantage solely to company profits and industry compliance. But this is only one side of the coin…
Yes, it’s true that better safety at work helps increase morale, reduces staff turnover and minimises potential for expensive fines and injury settlements, all of which improve your business’s bottom line, but it’s also significant for staff and their careers.
A positive and safe working environment maximises the potential and ability of each individual in your business.
You can facilitate an optimum working environment and experience, that is sustainable within your business, by engaging your team in the benefits of a safety culture.
Here are 5 key ways to ensure a safety culture is adopted and embraced by your employees.
1. Appeal to self-interests
Facilitate team discovery of the benefits that directly affect them. A safer work environment equates to better working hours and conditions, higher efficiency, lower risk of injury and increased protection. As safe workers are productive workers, it ultimately provides opportunities for career advancement.
2. Engage employees from the outset
Pursue employee views on the safety culture, ask for ideas on how to enhance it and seek suggestions as to how to improve systems. Incentivise employee involvement by recognising ideas, facilitating discussions and being inclusive and supportive. Listen to staff needs and wants, and if compatible with the business, do your best to implement their feedback.
3. Provide an internal support structure
Be open to discussion, using team meetings as sounding boards and opportunities to spread key messages. Incorporate safety as the first point of order in daily processes, and use appropriate language and training. If you start to make safety a priority, so will your employees.