Workplace Safety Culture Training

WORKSHOP FOR BUILDING THE OH&S CULTURE IN THE COMPANY (FOR TOP MANAGEMENT)

One of the more popular definitions of Safety Culture, developed by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations (ACSNI), UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), states that:

Safety culture is the product of individual and group values,, , attitudes, perceptions, competencies and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organisation’s health and safety management.

Creating a Safety Culture requires building new habits, new norms and values with cooperation and communication of all company members. The main goal of these activities is elimination of any potential hazards and a focus on prevention and proactivity. One of the main tools to start developing a safety culture is to identify the current state of the safety culture. Most research tend to concentrate on the way people think (i.e. attitudes, perceptions, beliefs) about facets of safety, through measures of safety climate.

''Health and safety are essential components of business. Boards need people with the passion and energy to make sure these issues remain at the heart of the organisation''

Quotes from security team leaders
 and occupational health and safety from the public and private sectors.

 

Strong safety culture in the company is characterised by a sense of personal responsibility of each employee in safety issues, manifested in daily work. Employees at their workstations should adopt an attitude of active and continuous concern for the safety of themselves and others, they are personally involved in the process of identifying risks and preventive behavior in the workplace in order to take corrective action.

Management commitment is the key influence of an organisation’s safety culture. Commitment from top managers toward safety can make a major difference in the quality of employee participation and implementation of various initiatives. Setting a good example is one of the most important ways in which the management can demonstrate and get visibly involved in safety.

The main objective of the course is to make the managers aware of the importance of safety leadership in daily actions, in every decision made. The training course emphasises the need in giving safety equal weight with other business priorities as a basic strategy for safety and organisational excellence. After the course, each participant should have a clear idea of what safety leadership is about and on how to engage others in driving the excellence performance.