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A safety culture ultimately stems from connection and how well valued an employee feels in their workplace. While there are numerous methods of how to develop a worker, their frame of mind centers around the belief that your primary goal is to keep them safe. This is followed by the importance they are making an impact in your company, and have the opportunity to grow.
Any successful culture has a top down approach. This really boils down to accountability for your management, in any and all actions they take. They cannot hold employees to a different set of standards unless they are meeting those requirements as well. But accountability is only the foundation, management must also be proactive in encouraging feedback from employees, without repercussions. This includes regular discussions on safety and training, as well as emerging concerns that may be occurring.
The goal is for employees to realize their input is warmly received and an attitude of everyone being on the lookout for risks and hazards. This directly correlates to how your company tracks and logs near misses, as they are a leading indicator of an issue, prior to an incident.
Daily discussions and increasing the frequency of training are both critical factors on improving this culture, but also having clear responsibilities for each employee on their workplace tasks and how to protect against the associated risks and hazards for which they are exposed too.
As in all areas, documentation and reporting becomes an essential avenue for analysis and understanding of how your culture impacts your bottom line. Each company is different, but an implementation of the following provides a beginning for how you can change the outlook in your workplace: