As trends in health and safety management seem to be shifting from approaches with a control, blame and compliant focus: now comes the era of a proactive, committed and positive approach to safety through strategies to develop a positive “safety culture”.
Creating a safety culture can seem like a daunting task at all levels of an organisation. Ultimately it is a combination of attitudes, conditions (environment) and systems which can all in their own way be extremely complex. Here are some top tips for creating a safety culture which will ultimately improve safety performance.
- Recognise the safety successes of your staff and CELEBRATE THEM! Do not play the blame game! Focus on the positive and not the negative
- Boost commitment at all levels through regular distribution of information on safety initiatives and processes
- Leadership must show a willingness to invest in health and safety
- A measurement and assessment system is in place for attitudes and perceptions of safety
- See health and safety as a continuous effort to achieve excellence in safety performance
Regardless of which sector your business lies in, do you have any tricks of the trade for implementing a healthy safety culture? Our Safety Psychology conference is approaching and will be looking at fostering continuous improvement in safety performance – what are your thoughts? To receive regular newsletters including great insights, tips and how to’s – sign up here to our blog newsletter photo credit: Peter Kaminski via photopin cc