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June is National Safety Month - Week 3 Building a Safety Culture

The National Safety Council (NSC) is promoting June as National Safety Month, as it has for years. Now, more than ever, safety is critical at work and at home.

This year, NSC will discuss one of these topics each week throughout June:

  • Mental Health
  • Ergonomics
  • Building a Safety Culture
  • Driving

Week 3 focuses on Building a Safety Culture. Does that sound familiar? It should! We have been improving our safety culture one day and one employee at a time since 2015.

The following are excerpts from an article written by Anna Nieman, Director of Content for The Marlin Co., titled ...

Increase engagement through communication

Organizations that create a successful safety culture do so by building a communication strategy focused on employee engagement. They develop a consistent, performance-focused approach and use all the communication tools available to foster participation among their workforce.

Here are some suggestions for constructing a successful safety communication strategy that boosts employee engagement:

Communicate compliance standards and critical hazard recognition skills. Make sure your message reaches all employees, regardless of shift, location or role.

Build unified organizational support around the safety program. Enlist allies from across the management team to promote the program.

Establish a culture of transparency around the safety program by creating a feedback loop. This will encourage reporting and increase hazard recognition.

Demonstrate the importance of hazard recognition and safe behavior by celebrating your safety superstars. Employee recognition is a proven tool for achieving higher levels of engagement.

However, you choose to recognize employees, make sure to use all channels of communication to promote the initiative. By communicating policies, gathering support from management, creating a feedback loop and, finally, by celebrating employee participation, you can create a robust safety culture based around organization-wide engagement.

 

You may access the entire article by clicking here

The National Safety Council is the nation’s leading non-profit safety advocate and focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace. You may become a member of NSC and/or learn more by visiting www.nsc.org.

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