This article was originally published by the NRSPP.
A sustained focus on safety, built on a foundation of educating and communicating expectations to workers, translates into efficiency and other business benefits. While safety measures can be introduced progressively to build a safety culture over time, company leadership must lead by example.
- Maintaining a strong focus on safety from early in an organisation’s existence lays a solid foundation for an ongoing emphasis throughout its life
- Company leadership play a critical role in establishing and communicating safety expectations and leading by example
- Safety requires a coordinated approach where multiple measures combine to maximise overall safety performance rather than relying on a ‘silver bullet’ to fix a poor safety culture
- All organisations can prioiritise safety, regardless of size – large operations and small family concerns can equally contribute in their own way
- Communication, whether face-to-face or utilising technology, is critical to improving safety, providing the opportunity for education and for risks to be highlighted as well as successes to be shared
- Telematics, and the data it generates, is a powerful tool to promote safety, at an organisation level as well as addressing wider industry safety concerns
- Quality safety and environmental practices improve efficiency and drive bottom line benefits for organisations.