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Safety Culture is Core

Posted by Sienna Luard·

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The Part You Play in Safety Culture

Safety culture is the foundation of any effective safety program.

Wombat Software wants to help companies maintain the safety programs that they develop.  If a safety program is going to have an impact though, you have to establish a strong and sustainable safety culture. People need to feel that they have a positive role to play in their safety culture.  Manageament empowers them to speak up when there is room for improvement.

It is no surprise that there are gaps between management and worker perceptions about safety culture.  Click Here to for the results of an illuminating study.  How can you bring everyone together?

A State of Workplace Safety survey found that 41% of respondents had left a job because of unsafe work conditions. 56% of the participants had reported unsafe work conditions.  At the same time, 74% were more comfortable reporting issues anonymously.

A positive safety culture has been shown to contribute to organizational performance and growth, which can only help build stronger and more sustainable economies.

The big question is how do you encourage people to look at the long term importance of safety when there is pressure to get work done now?  Research shows that creating a safe work environment does not preclude meeting revenue goals. Here are some ideas:

  • Access the safety climate at all levels of the organization.
  • Identify actionable things that will enhance the status quo.
  • Build a business case to reflect the return on the investment.

The interesting thing about safety culture is the impact it has on each and every level of an organization as well as the communities that people and the companies they work for are a part of.