Workplace Safety as a Catalyst for Change
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Safety in the Workplace a Common Goal for All
If you ask any worker, manager or business owner “Do you expect any injuries or fatalities on the job today,” the answer is always, “no.” And yet employees continue to get injured every day, and deaths happen every year. So, what’s the disconnect?
The cost savings from preventing injuries, both direct and indirect, are well documented and proven. There are thousands of organizations that are extremely successful at preventing work-related injuries, while many others are not. Why? The difference is successful ones make safety a habit; it’s part of the company culture, and it’s at the core of how they operate.
If you want to understand how a company is doing, look at their workplace safety metrics first. The first thing I always ask a company when I evaluate them is “do you keep injury rate metrics and do you hold your employees, specifically managers, accountable for safety performance?” If a company isn’t collecting and managing their safety performance metrics, how do they know if injuries are decreasing, and how do they hold managers and employees responsible for their performance?
If a company truly embraces preventing injuries, it’s because the individuals at the company agreed to become part of something important; they’ve devoted themselves to creating a habit of excellence. Safety is the indicator that shows progress in changing the habits across an entire company. Once a company truly embraces a culture of zero accidents, then a transformation occurs. And it doesn’t stop with just safety. It becomes a catalyst for organizational change that drives improvement in all areas of the operation.
Focusing on the root cause of injuries will lead an organization in improving its processes, equipment maintenance and purchasing, employee training and morale and overall work efficiency. Things that companies or unions resisted in the past, like measuring productivity of individual workers or giving employees the autonomy to shut down production when the pace becomes overwhelming, will now be welcomed because it’s the best way to stop injuries before they occur.
By giving everyone in an organization a focus on a common goal, it creates the habit of workplace improvement, and safety simply becomes part of the daily operation of the company. Working safely is just expected.
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