Creating a particular culture for anything is hard. Getting everyone on the same page and heading the same way can be painstaking, time consuming and follows a series of good decisions being made. But it can be done. Below, we’ve listed six signs you’ve got a positive safety culture. This list is for those who want confirmation they’re on the right path and for those who aren’t and need a starting point.
1. Everyone feels involved
Your employees are fully on board with a positive safety culture because they’ve been part of the process from the beginning. They’ve helped make decisions rather than just handed a bunch of new policies and dictated to from management. Communication is open which allows employees to participate by being encouraged to make suggestions, be on health and safety panels, mentor new employees and generally be motivated to take ownership of their own safety.
2. You celebrate the positives
Of course bad things will and do happen but you always look for the positives and let people know when they’ve done a good job. You encourage employees to continually raise their safety performance and recognise it when they do. If you come across someone correctly wearing PPE, adhering to health safety practices or helping others do so, you’re quick to recognise it and let them know. You know a quick word is sometimes all that’s needed to make someone’s day and inspire them to keep up the good work.
3. Employees benefit from safety training
Your employees will be trained in health and safety which not only provides them skills for best practice but also demonstrates your own commitment to safety. They’ll have bought into a safety culture because they see management also adhering to policies and procedures. Nothing else better creates the feeling of being in a team than everyone doing their bit to achieve a common goal.
4. Data is used to help employees
As mentioned above it’s important to celebrate positives and it’s just as important to identify success stories. Using data makes it easier to do that and gives managers a clear indication of who’s doing what correctly and really contributing to a positive safety culture. By following key metrics, as can be viewed within OpsBase insight reporting software, it’s easy to identify which members of the workforce are performing well and which ones need more training to improve.
5. Safety is part of the culture
You have a positive safety culture because safety is part of every working day. By making safety activities part of your overall operation, your employees don’t see it as just another thing they’ve got to think about or the latest new company initiative. Rather, treating health and safety as an essential part of daily operations and processes means workers are encouraged to see it as an important part of their job.
6. Knowing accidents don’t happen by chance
Instead of looking at incidents as one-off or isolated events and pointing fingers at individual workers, managers actively look at close-calls or accidents to gauge a collection of interlinked occurrences and look for root causes. You understand that blaming members of your team only works to deteriorate relationships with management, whilst working together to investigate and analyse why something went wrong helps employees contribute to their own safety in the future.
Need help creating a positive safety culture?
There you have it, 6 signs you’ve got a positive safety culture in your business. As mentioned above, task management software solutions can also add to the whole process and will bring teams together and make daily processes so much more manageable. With the OpsBase platform, our customers get all that and so much more and we’re helping businesses adhere to safety standards whilst supporting their growth. If you would like to know more, request a demo and a member of our team will be in touch.
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Carmelo has years of experience in marketing, loves of all things tech and is a regular contributor to the OpsBase blog. He enjoys writing almost as much as he enjoys eating crunchy peanut butter and is likely to be found doing one or the other at any given point in time.
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