Benefits of Good Health & Safety Culture
Making health and safety a common conversation in the workplace should be business priority, to help the business learn from accidents and incidents. Creating a working environment that encourages employees to report incidents and accidents and be proactive in maintaining and improving the health and safety culture should be paramount.
Harnessing a positive safety culture can have a massive effect on the wellbeing of your entire workforce, as well as your bottom line. As well as an improvement in safety performance, the company will also benefit from improved employee retention and productivity.
What is a Safety Culture?
Creating a company safety culture is much more than just abiding by the rules and responsibilities required to meet regulations by the ticking of boxes on a generic form. It is only possible to embed a safety culture within a business by gaining employee engagement.
When an organisation has successfully implemented a safety culture, the workforce shares the safety vision and sees the value of such. Priority is placed on safety beliefs, values, and attitudes. It is the priority of every employee in a safety culture company to put the safety of their colleagues first to succeed.
What are the Benefits of a Safety Culture?
When a company makes health and safety a business priority, the benefits go much further than just a reduction in accidents and incidents across the business.
Here are some of the benefits that can be achieved from a safety culture:
- Less absenteeism since fit and healthy people are more likely to show up for work.
- Lower salary costs because there aren’t additional expenses for overtime and sick leave to fill in the gaps.
- A happy workforce – employees will be happier if they feel safe and secure at work.
- Lower staff turnover if workers don’t feel that the going is tough
How To Implement a Health & Safety Culture
So how does a company implement an effective safety culture within its business?
Accountability: Set health & safety KPIs and assign them clearly and directly to all employees, making sure they’re relevant for their roles, empowering employees to take ownership of their own and others safety behaviour and performance.
Leadership: A top-down approach is the only way to implement a positive safety culture, leading by example. For safety initiatives to have credibility they need to be communicated and followed through, right from the C-Suite.
Engagement: Encourage employees to take a pro-active role in safety, using innovative initiatives, whether that be through a partnering initiative or in regular meetings that call out safety champions and request feedback.
Training: Ensure that the organisation adopts a blended approach that allows employees some control over timing and offers mixed mediums to make sure it sinks in for different types of learners. Therefore, safety initiatives should maintain simple and clear messaging spread across multiple channels.
How Edac Can Help….
Connect with us in Edac to see how software can help you implement a safety management system, empowering employees to easily engage and put their health and safety at the forefront. We would be happy to demonstrate how our customers have improved their safety performances utilising our range of Health & Safety tools.
Talk to us today to find out more: Contact – Edac