A Safety Culture Within The Organization

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The Cambridge dictionary defines a safety culture as “the way that a company or organization thinks about, plans for, and manages the safety of it employees and customers, especially when their safety is considered to be one of the most important things”. According to OSAH.gov a safety culture has the “single greatest impact on incident reduction of any process.” There are many indicators to a successful safety culture within an organization such as, Management/ Leadership commitment; Communications, Employee involvement; Hazard Assessments and a Behavior Based Safety Program are keys to success. Managementbriefs.com states that a “Strong clear leadership from Management and team leadership is essential in creating a safety culture…show more content…
There are different types of communicators. Josh Williams Ph.D. and E.Scott Gelter Ph.D. article in EHS Today Magazine list the communication styles as being dominant, which blames others for problem. Passive, this is usually the person that doesn’t say much of anything. Passive-aggressive, agrees with others when in reality they don’t. Empathic, tends to be proactive. Each of these types of communicators has a negative side; if communications are not positive then they are useless and can cause more damage than good. Management/leaders are the primary communicators in the safety culture. Just like management must believe in the safety culture, they must be aware that communications is a necessary role in this safety culture. Communications are a valuable tool in any organization, however when it comes to safety it can be critical. Example of this would be for emergency responses, confine space and even shift change. We want communications to be clear and concise. Using signs may not be a suitable form of communication to get a message across, but it can be part of the communication that is expressed. There is more to communication than verbal conversations and emails. Listening is a large part of communication. Managers and co-works need not only listen, but to actively listen. Actively listen will allow managers to be able to address and respond to any safety concerns employees may have quickly. This will allow employees to believe in the management and that they
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