A strong safety culture is in the workplace is a job in itself, but well worth the outcome. PropertyCasualty360 provides us with 4 ways to create a sustainable safety culture within your organization.
- Instill Values – Create a mindset for employees that safety is much more than just a goal. This can benefit the employee wellness and the organization’s bottom line. It can also save an organization money when they have a low Experience Mod rating.
- Engage and Empower Employees – Workplace safety culture requires a total team effort to be effective. In successful organizations, leaders empower employees to play a huge role in creating and satisfying a culture of safety. Some examples include creating a safety observation program, conducting surveys, create checklist or have safety huddles.
- Set Goals – Create goals while involving every employee in the process. Using the SMART goal format (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) will ensure your goals are clearly defined. Make sure they are monitored, scored and rewards are given for great performance.
- Lead by Example – For a safety culture to flourish, it has to start from the top. Commitment from leadership must be consistent, spread to every level within the organization and should involve a hands-on approach. Start with a mission statement, then define responsibilities, while listening to feedback from others. Be sure to provide opportunities for education and ongoing training for all employees.
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