Safety Awareness & Culture
Many companies face the challenge of creating and maintaining successful safety programs. Such programs must include awareness training, employee recognition and incentives and personalized messages from the highest level of your management team. We understand these challenges and have over 30 years of experience in helping companies overcome them. Two of the most beneficial programs to consider are Corporate Safety and Employee Recognition programs. To ensure continuing success, both must be supported from the company’s top level management team.
“Safety Programs versus Safety Cultures”
Unfortunately, many corporations see “safety requirements” as a time consuming challenge in running their business. That challenge can be better addressed if a company will make “safety” a “core value” rather than a program or a requirement. A company with safety as a core value has created a safety culture, where safety is a way of life and is the first item on the agenda at every meeting, from the board of directors meetings to the daily staff meetings. Once you establish such a culture, you will be amazed at the increased production, company profitability, reduced insurance premiums and general good health and higher morale of your workers and their families…this is a fact!
Developing and implementing a successful safety culture versus a safety program includes changing the way safety is viewed within the organization. See the table below for some of the major differences between safety requirements versus safety cultures.
|Safety As a program||Safety as a Culture|
|Safety is a set of policies, procedures, and reports.||Safety is included in the company's mission and strategic plans.|
|Safety activities are done for compliance.||Safety is first, last, and always about people, including employee families.|
|Senior Management is somewhat committed to safety||Senior management lives safety and is passionate about it.|
|The company has two plans: the safety plan and the strategic/business plan.||Safety is first on every agenda in every meeting.|
|Accidents are seen as something that happens as a part of life.||Accidents are viewed as preventable.|
|Awareness incentives may be considered if the budget allows.||Awareness incentives are presented in safety meetings with enthusiasm and a positive reinforcement message.|
|Upper management decides what safety messages will be conveyed when time allows them.||Employees collaborate to create a ZERO safety symbol to be used in every meeting and on every recognition award.|
|Safety's target is an acceptable level based on OSHA recordable rate.||Zero accidents is the only target (setting any higher target actually condones a certian number of accidents).|
|Safety is measured by lagging indicators — after the fact measures||Leading indicators (preventive measures) are the key safety measures.|
|Improving safety may be seen as an economic benefit.||There is a full commitment to ongoing safety education, training and support staff.|
|Safety issues are a business risk and cost.||A Safety Culture is a wise investment.|
|Safety is an issue that can be negotiated.||Safety is first on every agenda (safety, quality, and productivity).|