In order for a business to be truly successful, it must provide a product or service that is desired or required by the marketplace, be competitively priced, provide ample profit to owners and provide fair compensation to its employees.
I submit that this can only be done successfully when it is done within a culture of safety and risk management. Someone once described a “culture of safety” as simply “when everyone knows the safe way things need to be done and does it even when no one is looking”. How does an organization begin to create a culture of safety?
1. Developing a culture of safety begins at the top. Management must lead the way. A safety committee should be the nucleus of this culture.
2. Hire the right people for the job. Tell them what is expected of them, including the requirement to work safely. 80% of workplace injuries are the result of unsafe acts.
3. Safety can prevent life-altering injuries to your employees and others. It should be one of the prime components of your brand.
4. Train and remind employees at all levels to be on the look-out for “potential” causes of injury and to report “near-misses” to supervisors.
5. Create a well trained Rapid Response Team to provide required immediate attention and decision-making when someone is injured.
6. Train Supervisors on Accident/Incident Investigation techniques and Accident Investigation Kits should be made available to assist in this vital component of accident prevention.