Improving site safety is a top priority for construction companies throughout the world. Having a positive and mature safety culture is becoming crucially important.
How Could you improve your safety culture?
Make Safety your #1 Priority!
Jobsite safety should be placed above everything else: costs, productivity, timelines, etc. Your employees are your number one asset, proving to them that their safety is your top concern on every project instills confidence and builds trust.
Putting safety first can help reduce costs and improve productivity on the jobsite. Accidents lead to cost overruns and project delays. Improving safety means fewer days lost due to accidents and injuries. A strong safety record can also help reduce insurance costs.
Properly training your workers is the easiest way to help improve your company’s safety culture. It shows your workers that you are committed to keeping them safe and healthy.
How would you define safety culture?
- Safety culture incorporates the values and norms and beliefs of a particular company.
- Safety culture is a group’s initiatives, actions, exercises, processes, habits, training and education and relationships, etc., that pool to establish the core principles and values of the group.
- Safety culture is the overall mindset of what folks think about safety on the job site, that yes, we want to be a safe company.
- Safety culture is how people act when nobody’s watching.
- Safety culture is a subset of the culture of the organization. It represents not necessarily well articulated expressions of how and why things are done within the organization.
- The safety culture of an organization is the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and patterns of behavior that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of an organization’s health and safety management. Organizations with a positive safety culture are characterized by communications founded on mutual trust, by shared perceptions of the importance of safety and by confidence in the efficacy of preventive measures.
- Shared values (what is important) and beliefs (how things work) that interact with a company’s people, organizational structures and control systems to produce behavioral norms (the way we do things around here).
- Safety cultures reflect the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and values that employees share in relation to safety