Safety Culture Resources from Our Experts
Safety culture is the third topic for National Safety Month, an annual program to increase safety awareness created by the National Safety Council (NSC). Our very first safety blog was “Building a Safety First Culture” because we’re a safety-first company. Since that time, our safety specialists, OSHA-certified trainers, and qualified safety sales professionals (QSSP) have written dozens of blogs on a wide variety of safety topics. In this post, we’ve compiled our best safety culture resources from our experts.
Downloadable Safety Culture Resources
Before we jump into blogs, let’s first touch on our most valuable safety culture resources. Our resident safety expert and OSHA-certified trainer, Jim Lanz, created two robust downloadable tools to help you improve safety in your workplace.
Prevention & Safety Guide – Top 8 Workplace Safety Tips: Knowledge is prevention. Learn how to prevent injuries with this 28-page workplace safety guide. This collection of safety tips covers the fatal four, OSHA’s top ten, and more. Learn how to keep your workers healthy and whole.
DIY Safety Check Workbook: We all know safety is important, but did you know that OSHA can charge up to $13,260 per violation? Our workbook will help you assess your current situation. This 32-page booklet includes 13 checklists and even includes blank checklists so that you can include your organization-specific lists.
Improve Safety in Your Workspaces
For the first of our online safety culture resources, we’re drawing on one of our most popular blogs: “6 Ways to Improve Workplace Safety.” The following tips are based on OSHA’s Safe + Sound program.
- Make Safety a Core Value: Demonstrate your commitment to safety by developing a comprehensive program to protect workers from preventable injuries.
- Be the Example: Bring your safety program to life with a top-down commitment to following policies and procedures designed to keep everyone healthy and whole.
- Create a Reporting System: Make it easy for workers to report concerns, hazards, incidents, and conditions without the fear of retaliation.
- Provide and Encourage Training: A safety program is only as good as the training that educates employees on its policies and procedures.
- Conduct Regular Inspections: Safety assessments are essential to keep your safety program relevant and effective. To keep policies and procedures up to date, inspections should happen at least annually.
- Make Improvements: Use reports and assessments as opportunities to improve your program, making it more complete. And stay abreast of changes to industry guidelines and agencies.
Build a Comprehensive Safety Program
For the next of our safety culture resources, we point to a blog based on an OSHA program to improve workplace safety using a three-pillar program. “Three Parts of a Comprehensive Safety Program” walks you through the components of a successful program.
- Management Leadership: Putting safety first has got to start at the top. Organizational leadership should be instrumental in developing a comprehensive program.
- Worker Participation: Your workforce is the most valuable of safety culture resources. Effective safety programs draw on employee knowledge, experience, and insight while activating and empowering them.
- Find and Fix Hazards: Identifying, addressing, and controlling hazards is critical to any safety program. Organizations should take a systematic approach to preventing workplace illnesses, injuries, and death.
Read the blog to learn more about each of these pillars.
Increase Safety Engagement
The last of the safety culture resources we’ll touch on is: “4 Safety Engagement Strategies.” Two of the three pillars above are about engagement, so looking at strategies is a logical next step.
- Awareness Training: General awareness training will empower employees to take an active role in your safety program. Some topics to consider touching on in these meetings include program structure, plans and procedures, safety and health hazards, rights and responsibilities, emergency instructions, questions and concerns, and reporting.
- Management Training: Supervisors and managers need to understand their pivotal roles in workplace safety. They need to be prepared to both lead by example and enforce company policies. Management safety training topics include employer responsibilities, incident response, hazard identification, and incident investigation.
- Role-Specific Training: Training shouldn’t be one size fits all. Role-specific training ensures workers understand their job-related safety and health responsibilities. Everyone should receive training on their responsibilities in the organization’s safety program.
- Hazard Identification and Controls Training: The first step to identification is recognition, which requires education. Training topics can include identification techniques, control techniques, and control use.
Read the blog to learn more about these strategies.
Let Us Be Your Resource
The most powerful of our safety culture resources is our staff of safety experts. Let us help you assess your safety program and improve safety in your facilities. Contact us today!