By Chally Kacelnik
Is safety a felt responsibility throughout your organisation?
Some organisations take a narrow and punitive approach to safety. In these organisations, safety is a matter of compliance only, and you’ll be punished if you report something and mess up the statistics. Safety belongs to the safety officer only, and it’s their fault that you have to go through all this annoying bureaucracy (and the safety officer will have a miserable time at work accordingly). People cut corners to prove their mettle, and they aren’t held to account – particularly in that one team over there with a reputation for this. There are policies and procedures, but no one looks at them and they are out of date. In these organisations, safety is a value that is paid lip service only and workers don’t feel like the leadership practises what they preach.
Is that hitting close to home? I hope not – maybe your organisation does things better and considers:
- How to engage both safety professionals and non-safety professionals in understanding, changing, and sustaining improvements to a positive safety culture
- Linking behaviour to culture to results and back again
- Useful metrics and a reporting framework that supports your safety vision
- How to support everyone to feel safe and empowered to support safety at work – including in being held consistently to account
- Creating and maintaining safety policies and procedures that are useful, readable, and linked from the organisational vision down to everyday practicalities
We help organisations to build a strong understanding of the current state of safety in their organisation. It’s the basis for developing a plan for change that people believe in and can implement. Here’s more information on our Safety Culture Programs (which can be packaged into a Certificate IV Work Health and Safety) and our current state analysis offering to support your transformation.
Safety applies to everyone: on worksites, in the office, physically, and psychologically. We’re proud to support our clients to sustain strong safety results in safety cultures that walk the talk.