Encouraging employees to focus on key safety behaviours through comms activity, initiatives, campaigns and programmes. Ensuring that employees understand and are happy with procedures for reporting incidents or potential breaches.

Nine considerations for a positive safety culture

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  1. Develop short, simple messages
    With increasing information overload in organisations, it’s vital to keep messages clear and concise in order to get attention. Develop top line safety messages and principles that people can easily digest, remember and apply.


  1. Be clear and specific about what behaviours are expected
    Link your messages to related behaviours so that they can become real and actionable. Make sure everybody knows what is expected of them and how it impacts their day-to-day actions and roles.


  1. Encompass and address all elements of health and safety
    Include all areas of health and safety in your comms, including security, wellbeing, cyber and information safety.


  1. Create a culture of involvement
    Ask employees to submit suggestions and ideas for safety initiatives – they will have very clear ideas of what should be addressed and what can be contributed and will be inclined to share them openly in an inclusive culture.


  1. Reward positive behaviour
    Promote improvements in safety procedures and significant reductions in safety incidents. Publicly champion teams where impact and improvement has been greatest.


  1. Visibly involve leaders
    Involve executive sponsors to endorse key messages and demonstrate high-level buy in. Encourage them to take part in safety activities and record it with visuals that you can promote through your various channels. Visible and active leadership should demonstrate the behaviours expected of everyone.


  1. Maintain regularity
    Make sure communication is regular and periodic. Safety communication should be ongoing and integrated into working life rather than seen as sporadic campaigns.


  1. Build safety messages into existing communications
    Avoid information overload and a flood of new things to absorb by incorporating key messages into existing comms and activities wherever possible.


  1. Develop a safety committee
    Ask employees to form a committee that focuses on a specific subject affecting how they work in your organisation. Integrate their expertise, utilise their knowledge – after all they are the ones who will be carrying out your procedures and processes. The people will hopefully also be ambassadors for safety in the organisation.


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Safety Communications for Today’s Workforce

The full and original article was published on OH&S by Steven Chang
Today, more and more companies are implementing safety communications as a core value. This focus toward a safety-centric workplace is improving not only employee morale, but also the bottom line. The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index reported that for every $1 a company invests in workplace safety, the result amounts to a $4 return on investment. (This comes through workers’ comp, lost time, efficiency, legal, etc.)(2)
Fostering a truly safety-centric workplace environment begins from within. Proper procedures and methods need to be outlined and implemented by supervisors taking the time and necessary steps to ingrain a safety-centric mentality in their employees. Workers must be able to trust that their leaders have safety as the number one priority, over profits, and that they can report to them if they notice any unsafe activity.
This type of behavior does not happen overnight. A successful transition to a safety-centric workplace culture takes time and, in order for this transition to take place, companies cannot pick and choose which safety procedures to enforce—consistency is key.
The Evolution of Safety Communications
Communication is the most effective tool in any face of business, and workplace safety is no exception. In order for a truly safety-centric workplace to be in effect, safety hazards, area guidelines, rules, regulations, warnings, goals, and progress reports must be made to employees across an array of media.


The full and original article was published on OH&S by Steven Chang


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