Is your safety program OSHA-compliant but ineffective? It very well could be. How can such a situation arise? Some companies approach safety as a “check off the box” program to avoid OSHA fines. This shows a lack of personal commitment on the part of the company’s executives.
If top executives aren’t personally committed to worker safety, making it happen is challenging but not impossible. Top executives and the managers below them might lack a personal commitment to worker safety due to any number of misconceptions. The inevitable result is higher costs of doing business, whether or not individual managers are informed enough or bright enough to understand that.
The good news is that you can still build a safety culture even if your senior management isn’t committed to safety. And in so doing, bring them onboard.
Here’s the key to making that happen. Take the mindset of asking, “What are the hazards and how can I protect myself (and my coworkers, including subordinates) from those hazards?” Regardless of your position in the company, adopting this mindset has a profoundly instructive effect on those around you.
And it’s what takes safety training from the “read and sign” charade to an effective process that helps bring you and your coworkers home to their families each day.
The workers “infected by” this mindset willingly learn the methodologies and practices that simultaneously improve quality, efficiency, and safety. The results go beyond safety statistics to the company’s bottom line.