Promoting a safe workplace environment
involves every level of the organization instilling a safety culture that
reduces accidents for workers and improves productivity.
This is a win-win for any organization,
but it is often easier said than done. This is why safety must be more than a priority;
it must be an integral of the total team philosophy. We know that priorities
change and shift with the mission, but a philosophy is critical to the organization’s
Any team, whether it is football,
baseball, basketball or little league soccer, has a philosophy. These are the
ideas both the team and leadership believe are the bedrock of its success. We
call these core values.
What are the core values of
a success organization that has a positive safety culture?
• Management commitment and
employee involvement. Providing leadership and holding personnel accountable
for meeting their responsibilities.
• Worksite analysis. Identifying
hazards associated with jobs: Facilities, processes, materials and equipment.
• Hazard prevention and control.
Evaluating the design, engineering controls, administrative controls and
Personal Protective Equipment.
• Safety and health
training. Covering all required employee training, document, and reinforce
employee training when necessary.
A cultural change does not
happen overnight, but it requires persistent effort, patience and a willingness
to stay the course. If your organization does not have a strong safety culture,
the following are some keys to changing the mindset of both management and
CHANGING CULTURE REQUIRES COMMUNICATION
communication, providing employees with support, and clear guidelines on
behavior that promotes a positive, respectful, and safe workplace is part of every
Directors and Supervisors play
a decisive role in promoting a safe workplace environment and have a
responsibility to actively address behaviors that undermine a safe work environment.
CHANGING CULTURE REQUIRES EDUCATION
Educate employees about the
importance of reporting safety concerns. Instruct them on how to report threats
and incidents of intimidating behavior.
CHANGING CULTURE IS TEAM EFFORT
Take a team approach to safety:
We all need to work together to keep each other safe. We all have
responsibility to report any safety concerns you may have. Employers/ supervisors
have a responsibility to enforce safe working practices; employees have the responsibility
to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when required.
Remember when an effective safety
and health program is part of the organization and a way of life, everyone wins
in preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
For more information, contact the Garrison Safety Office
at 785-239-2514 or Occupational Health at 785-239-7220.