Concept of Health and safety culture (Indicators to assess an…
Concept of Health and safety culture
Definition of H&S culture
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, the organisation's H&S management.
Indicators to assess an organisation's health and safety culture
Number of accidents
Incidents of ill-health
Level of compliance with H&S rules and procedures
Complaints about working conditions
Standard of housekeeping
Level of senior management commitment
Level of consultation
Completion of actions arising from monitoring activities
Factors which may cause an organisation's health and safety culture to decline
Lack of senior management commitment
Health and safety not given the same priority as other business objectives (e.g production)
No ownership of health and safety / no clearly defined responsibilities
Lack of consultation with employees
Lack of training and/or supervision
Poor working environment / unsafe conditions
Ways in which health and safety culture can be improved
Senior management commitment in the form of active, visible leadership
Visible tours with H&S reps so employees can see senior management commitment
Health and safety given the same priority as other business objectives (e.g. production)
Appropriate PPE bought for employees and H&S training for employees so there is appropriate cover.
Clear ownership of health and safety (e.g. nominated director for health and safety)
Defined roles and responsibilities.
H&S policy communicated to employees and emails from senior management replying to H&S concerns from employees.
Consultation with employees
Health and safety rep put in place
Effective training and supervision
Specific to the place of work
Provision of a good working environment
Temperature, ventilation etc
Empowerment of employees
Employees given ownership of their own and others safety, feeling like it's their responsibility also.