Creating a safety culture takes time. It is frequently a multi-year process. A series of continuous process improvement steps can be followed to create a safety culture. Employer and employee commitment are hallmarks of a true safety culture where safety is an integral part of daily operations.
What is a Strong Safety Culture? – Definition
Where leaders demonstrate that safety is the overriding value and the highest priority. Also shown as Top Management “Buy-in”
Every employee feels empowered and rewarded for making safe decisions.
Employees feel encouraged to report safety hazards even if the committed an error or introduced a threat themselves.
Where a new employee would not hesitate to take action in response to a safety concern without fear of reprisal.
A supervisor does not need to be present for someone to do the right thing.
Where it is routine to look out for co-workers and point out unsafe behaviors to each other.
A company with a strong safety culture typically experiences few at-risk behaviors, consequently they also experience low accident rates, low turn-over, low absenteeism, and high productivity.
A true safety culture uses accountability systems. These systems establish safety goals, measure safety activities.
A strong safety culture has trust that is shared within the entire organization.
Strong safety cultures have ongoing support, such as reinforcement, feedback, reassessment, mid-course corrections, and ongoing training in order to sustain continuous improvement.