SAFETY LEADERSHIP – STARTING AT THE TOP
In order to fully integrate safety into the business core culture, leaders must actively promote and build a culture where safety is a core value.
This may only be done by demonstrating a strong, genuine, continuous, and personal commitment to safety.
5 STEPS FOR CREATING SAFETY LEADERSHIP
- Create a safety vision: Cultural change requires effort and persistence, and is best embraced when leaders and employees view the change as essential to the organization’s success.
- Establish a core team: Including employees on the core team responsible for leading the change goes a long way toward successful execution.
- Communicate and support the vision: The safety culture vision is achieved when all employees demonstrate that they embrace safety in their daily work, “working safely is the right way to do things”. Employees need to observe that management believes it in order to support the change.
- Communicate what is changing and why: Employees need to understand the importance of the change. The urgency to change should be tied to important business goals and successes and most importantly, the value of every worker to the success of the business.
- Give managers and leaders feedback on their safety leadership: Set regular meetings to review processes and find ways to continuously improve their engagement.