Building a Culture of ‘Safety First’

Increased Productivity When You Make Safety First A Priority

Horizon Solutions is dedicated to assessing worker safety and keeping workers safe. We’ve seen many examples of safety being communicated and exhibited in the workplace. We also see quite a few well-meaning operations that don’t do a good job keeping their workers protected and safe. If safety is not shared and/or communicated, if it is not part of the everyday routine, and if it is an after-thought — you do not have a culture of safety first.

Safety Impacts On All Levels

Safety touches all levels within a company, from the newest employee to the CEO — integrating safety into the culture of the workforce from the top down is imperative. Focusing and ingraining safety into the culture of a company is not only a compliance measure, but also provides tangible operational benefits. Safety not only ensures that all of your workers return home safe and healthy every day, it increases brand reputation, improves efficiency, and ultimately saves you money.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that creating a safety culture has the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any process. OSHA believes that developing these cultures should be a top priority for all owners, managers and supervisors.

Building a safety culture

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In a culture of safety, workers are empowered to take action. They believe in and take responsibility for safety measures and the safety of their coworkers. They know that management fully supports the value of safety and they are notably committed to changing the environment for the better — they own it!! They continually demonstrate their commitment to safety, and provide all the resources to achieve positive results.

A Culture of Safety First Includes

  • Leading by example
  • Investing in safety
  • Ongoing safety training
  • Established safety policies and support safety policies
  • Documented procedures
  • Accountability
  • Methods in place to correct safety issues
  • Safety recognition and motivational programs
  • Every worker feels responsible for not only being safe but making sure those around them are safe

Companies that implement a comprehensive safety first program report that employee morale improves, it leads to increased productivity, competitiveness, and profits. Gaining the full benefit of a safety program demands more than simply making it a priority. It needs to become one of your company’s core values.

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What are some of the ways your company embraces a culture of safety? Share your story in the comments.

 

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About the author

Jim Lanz
Jim Lanz

Jim supports our sales team and helps our customers achieve a safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment in his role of Safety Specialist at Horizon Solutions. Jim has over 15 years experience in the field of safety which includes extensive OSHA compliance experience and executing safety programs for manufacturing facilities. Jim is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor, and facilitates safety training classes that involve custom curriculum that meets the specific needs of our customers.