Building a safety culture - From the top down

Building Safety Culture from the Top

“Safety is, without doubt, the most crucial investment we can make, and the question is not what its costs us, but what it saves” - Robert Mckee, Former Chairman of Conoco Phillips, Senior Vice President of Du Pont. 

OSHA has set the ratio of indirect cost to direct cost of accidents at a range of 20:1 to 1:1 depending on the circumstances. 

The direct include: Medical Costs, Lost Wages 

Indirect Costs: Lost production, rehiring, retraining, fines, litigation costs, lost wages, poor morale. 

One of the repeating factors in avoiding accidents is building a safety culture which engages all
employees. The fact remains that despite the automation of a process, the usage of ‘new’ and smart technology driving safety across a business and improving standards needs to be lead by humans. 

If the improvement of business and safety processes is to take root in a business then management must review the way they engage with the operational safe. 

To often the management can project a vision for the ‘well-being’ of the company which has little relation to the reality on the ground. To often the management of a company agree the financial targets for the company pushing forward projects at a speed which do not take into account the due focus and process alignment for safety and productivity within the business.

We know that a culture of safety starts at the top! If management are not interested in improving the analysis of processes and the operational management within the company then they can not expect more junior managers and members of staff to take responsibility. If senior management project an idea that performance is only judged on short-term project delivery and financial reward then safety gets relegated to a process of non-priority. 

The leading companies implement performance measurement systems which collect data quickly and effectively across the organisation which drives action plans accordingly. Regular operations meetings review the company wide performance with the results being discussed at the senior management level of the company. 

The building of a successful safety culture is a partnership between employees and the management of an organisation. Together with regular process review and and clear communication of goals and acceptable levels of awareness and a company can improve its performance, efficiency and return on investment over a short period of time. 

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