Develop a positive H&S culture (barriers to HS culture ( Workplace…
Develop a positive H&S culture
HS culture (definition)
“The way we do things around here” (HSE)
Safety Culture Indicators: Positive & Negative
low incident rate
Workers (managers also) are poorly educated in H&S, seen as unnecessary.
Achieving a Positive Safety Culture
Periodical to see improvements/regression
Identifies the safety culture of each area of organisation e.g. Office staff, Maintenance Staff, Management etc.
Allows areas of best practice to be identified and also hot spots where improvement is required.
Gives a basis for continuous improvement.
Benefits of a positive health and safety culture
For the organisation
Improved public relations&corporate Image (deep water horizon)
For the individual
Reduced risk of injury or ill-health
Increased confidence and pride in the organisation
Motivation and job satisfaction
Promoting a positive H&S culture
• Lead by example – senior mgt commitment - essential
• Behavioural Change – individuals behaviours can be changed!
• Resources – Mgt must provide right tools, equipment, materials – if not employees will not take H&S seriously!!
• Information – Understand H&S standards required by Organisation – e.g. No use of mobile phone when driving.
• Education & Training – legal requirement under management of H&S at Work Regs 1999.
• Empowerment – employees should have ability to influence H&S decisions. Examples?
• Reinforcement – “well done for reporting incidents”, Discipline
• Praise and Encouragement!
barriers to HS culture
Workplace Condition – housekeeping, lack of organisation, stressful conditions.
Lack of consultation – Employers must legally consult with employees on H&S issues. If consultation (two way!) is lacking, can lead to rumour and negative attitudes.
Perception of job security – if employees feel unwanted/uncertain - may create feelings of apathy (lack of interest) or stress, resulting in lack of due care for themselves or others.