A strong safety culture can benefit your company and your employees in so many ways. You probably already know that, but you might be a little unsure of how exactly you can create and maintain a safety culture in your workplace. Luckily, we’ve got some ideas for you.
If you need a better idea of what a safety culture is exactly, check out this blog post titled “What Is A Safety Culture.”
Every change starts with an idea. Think about what it is that you want to accomplish. Are there specific areas of safety that could really use some attention from your employees? Focus on those first.
Another important preliminary step is communication. You need to talk to your employees, both to gather feedback from them and to express your goals to them. A key aspect of a good safety culture is that everyone is on the same page. Does your internal communication need some work?
Take a look at your current safety training. Is it thorough, effective training that your employees benefit from? If not, it may be time to start looking at alternative training options. You can’t sustain a safety culture if your employees aren’t trained well on safety information in the first place.
It would probably be a good idea to retrain all employees once you decide to implement this new standard. This way, especially if you use online training, all employees have the same training and can begin meeting expectations from square one.
Once you’ve created a safety culture and set clear goals and expectations, monitor the workplace to ensure that the standards are being upheld. Enforcing a strong safety culture can be the most difficult part if your employees aren’t in the habit of complying with the standards and working together. These are things that can be worked on but may take some time. Gamification may be a good way to get things started in the right direction, or some other sort of incentive.
Newsletter type communications can help to congratulate and thank team members who have done an exceptional job. By continuing the monitoring and rewards system, you can ensure that the safety culture remains in place and up to par.
With regard to long-term upkeep, adjust your hiring qualifications so that all new hires are expected to uphold the company’s safety values from the very beginning. If key lead employees are setting a good example and stressing the importance, all employees under them will likely follow suit.