Introduction

Giving your Safety Culture a Check-up

Giving your Safety Culture a Check-up

FREE Safety Culture Checklist Included!

Safety culture isn’t something you can see. But, it is definitely something that affects your organization’s overall health. Safety culture is a broad concept that reflects the qualities of the organizational culture that affect safety attitudes and behaviours. Simply put, it’s the “way things are done.” In an organization with a healthy safety culture, safety is taken seriously by all employees, from CEO downward.

We invite you to examine your safety culture using our Safety Culture Checklist!

Safety Culture Checklist — For Employers and Managers

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⬚ Safety policies are clear and well understood through the organization.

⬚ I monitor health and safety processes and conditions.

⬚ Safety practices are followed by all workers, including managers and supervisors.

⬚ Action is taken proactively to prevent incidents before they happen.

⬚ The health and safety board is updated regularly.

⬚ The JHSC inspects the workplace and meets regularly.

⬚ The organization supports and promotes the JHSC at all levels, from the top      downward.

⬚ Workers understand the contributions that the JHSC makes to workplace health and safety.

⬚ Each department participates in safety communication initiatives, such as safety talks.

⬚ There is evidence of company-wide communication regarding matters that affect both health and safety and changes in safe working procedures.

⬚ All incidents, near-misses, and unsafe or unhealthy conditions are investigated.

⬚ All workers are aware of their rights to participate, know, and refuse unsafe work.

⬚ When hazards are reported, they are addressed immediately.

⬚ When a safety concern is brought forward, the reporter and others affected are kept up to date on the status of the hazard, and they are notified when it has been controlled.

⬚ The organization participates in continuous health and safety improvement initiatives.

⬚ Training is treated as a valuable investment and is scheduled regularly.

⬚ Supervisors, managers, and workers have safety training that is appropriate to their job.

⬚ There is a health and safety management system, and workers are trained on its contents.

⬚ All workers are empowered to voice health and safety questions and concerns.

⬚ All managers and supervisors are active participants in health and safety meetings.

⬚ Everyone is aware of potential risks that exist and make efforts to mitigate them.

⬚ All resources, information, and equipment required to do the job safely are available.

⬚ Any supervisor or manager who disciplines a worker for raising health or safety concerns is held accountable.

⬚ Consequences for not following safety rules are applied consistently.

⬚ All members of top management are held accountable for working safely.

⬚ Workers participate in safety surveys or other platforms where they can have a say in safety.

⬚ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided and worn properly by all workers and managers, if it is required.

⬚ I understand my rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

⬚ I ensure that all managers, supervisors, and workers understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

⬚ Workplace safety and wellbeing are important to me.

Is Safety Part of your Culture?

If you checked 24 or more boxes: Your safety culture is strong! A positive and effective safety culture takes a lot of hard work, continued effort, and a positive attitude toward safety all the time. Your workforce deserves recognition for a job well done. Positive feedback and recognition will serve to further increase your safety culture’s efficacy.

Less than 24:  If your organization didn’t score as high as you hoped, don’t despair. Safety culture is malleable, and you have the power to change your organization’s safety culture. To improve, consider these five tips:

1. Own It: If your score was low, acknowledge that changes need to be made and start taking steps to make them happen.

2. Address Gaps First: If this exercise opened your eyes to major gaps, put a plan in place to address those first. Identify actions you can take to address the gaps immediately.

3. Make Communication a Priority: Safety communication is a must if your organizational safety culture is going thrive.

4. Recognize Safe Behaviours: There’s a tendency to take a reactive approach to safety, and typically it’s in response to an incident or unsafe behaviours. Instead, recognize and reward safe behaviours when you see them. For example, if you spot a worker who’s wearing their PPE correctly without being prompted, publicly praise them. This will encourage others to follow the example!

5. Lead by Example: You won’t get the buy-in you crave if you don’t practice what you preach. Use your actions to communicate your expectations. If you embody safety, your staff will follow your example.

OSG can Help

The best part of committing to changing your safety culture is that you don’t have to go it alone. OSG is here for you, every step of the way. We offer health and safety training, and have a variety of consulting services.

An active and effective JHSC is the cornerstone of a healthy workplace safety culture. OSG offers JHSC Training, including JHSC Refresher Training. View the Training Calendar to see JHSC offerings coming soon in your area!