+ve Safety Culture

10 October 2016

Promoting a positive safety culture is vital to manage risk and maintain compliance however, the human element will always have an impact on the success of any system.  If employees do not actively engage processes to keep themselves and those around them safe, accidents will happen.

Involving staff with training, information and risk assessments helps provide an understanding of why health and safety in the workplace should be on everyone’s mind.  Leading by example can be very beneficial for staff – if a manager walks by a puddle on the floor, steps over a cable, under a ladder and jumps over a box why would any employee think this is not acceptable?

Health & Safety comes from the top down, members of the staff team should be reassured that every person in an organisation is not only aware of Health & Safety but, actively considers it.  A puddle should have a wet floor sign and cleaned up, a cable should be stored or have a cable cover, ladders should be clearly marked and boxes should be put away – when managers lead the culture and encourage those around them it will result in everyone else being made more aware and acting to highlight concerns.  

It is also important to encourage staff to report any incident and especially, any near miss.  Reporting near misses could be considered more important – if three people nearly trips over a loose bit of carpet without reporting it and the fourth person does trip, who is responsible?  Near miss reporting is a preventative measure which allows employers to address risks.

By having an informed and encouraged environment, the safety culture will emerge and be nurtured with employees at all levels embracing safety systems and processes to achieve compliance.