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SAFETY NOTES - Promoting a safe workplace involves everyone

By Walter Hill | GARRISON SAFETY OFFICE | August 07, 2014

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 soul.

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 employees:


Encouraging open communication, providing employees with support, and clear guidelines on behavior that promotes a positive, respectful, and safe workplace is part of every manager’s job.

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.


Educate employees about the importance of reporting safety concerns. Instruct them on how to report threats and incidents of intimidating behavior.


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.
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