10 Signs Your Company Has a Great Safety Culture

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The common denominator for safe work sites in high risk environments is, hands down, is a great safety culture. This also seems to be a big buzz phrase that might be a bit harder to pinpoint.

What is a “great safety culture”?  What are the characteristics of a safe workplace or a great safety culture?

Our company often goes onsite I get the opportunity to see many different companies and experience a glimpse into their company culture. I have experienced really great examples of safety culture and I have experienced companies that are not great at their safety culture.

From the outside looking in, these are the things I notice for companies that have a good company culture:

1.  Everyone in the company, regardless of their level, is committed to the safety policies.

2.  The employees enjoy their job. They feel like part of the company and understand the importance of their roles.

3.  Repairs to equipment and replacing parts, light bulbs, and all maintenance is handled extremely efficiently. The company understands that leaving things not working leads to apathy in other areas too.

4. Safety equipment is available and EVERYONE wears it 100% of the time when they are supposed to. There is never a question, people just do what is expected of them and there are no exceptions.

5. Safety is always the priority over productivity or anything else, without question.

6. Expectations are clearly communicated and posted clearly. Visitors are given an orientation before they are allowed in a safety sensitive area.

7. Drug and alcohol testing programs are conducted like clockwork. Extra testing isn’t initiated when problems arise…because problems with drugs and alcohol rarely arise and when they do, it’s easy to pinpoint the exact individual(s) in question.

8. There is open communication between management and employees. Employees feel valued. They understand that the safety rules are rules because the employer cares for safety and not because the OSHA rulebook says so.

9. Safety goals are specific and celebrated. For example: ‘‘During this fiscal year, the organization will provide twelve monthly safety-training programs at which 90 percent of the employees shall attend.’’

10. There are regular safety meetings that every employee attends in their department. Management reminds team of safety goals and reminds team of safety procedures. Employees are also able to communicate safety concerns and problems with equipment or procedures and management listens and responds appropriately.

If you don’t have all 10 of these things nailed in your company, don’t worry… as the picture above says, “safety culture is a journey”, not a destination.  There’s always something to improve.  But the most important thing is to begin the journey.

Click here to see how Lobdock can help you improve your safety culture.

About the Author Susan Lobsinger

Susan is founder and President of Lobdock Impairment Detection, a full-service, mobile drug testing and contractor compliance management provider. Lobdock provides safety managers with the objective data they need to make safety decisions that make a difference in the lives, safety, and health of their employees who work in safety sensitive positions.

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