What is a Safety Culture?
Safety Cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices and attitudes that exist at all levels of an organization. Culture is the overall feeling created by those beliefs, practices and so on, that shape everyone’s behaviors. In most organizations, we create, maintain and continuously improve a workplace safety culture by:
We should expect our leaders, managers, and people to make safety a value.
Why is having a Safety Culture important?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.
Developing and improving a strong Safety Culture through behavior-changing education has the single greatest impact on injury reduction of any process. That reason alone is enough for keeping the continuous development of our Safety Culture a top priority.
Elements of a Safety Culture
A Safety Culture is not just a collection of policies, procedures, and programs. A program has a start and end date. A culture is a living movement that grows and eventually becomes the norm. In a strong safety culture, everyone feels that it is their duty to perform safely every day; employees will identify unsafe conditions and behaviors and go out of their way to correct them. In a strong safety culture, you would feel comfortable reminding the manager or owner to wear safety glasses. This type of behavior would be welcomed and not looked upon negatively but would be valued by the organization.