Tapping the Power of Safety Talks in Introducing a Culture of Safety at Work
The events after the Chernobyl Nuclear plant incident of 1986 led to the dawn of the “Safety Culture” concept. Although vaguely described as a united responsibility of people who are participants in “safety-related activities”, promoting a safety culture has now evolved into a more mature notion of promoting the wellness of workers, end users, and businesses alike.
Coming up with written policies in line with safety regulations is a good start towards the promotion of an occupational safety-inclined institution. Harnessing a culture that would sustain these protocols is a different issue and is harder to attain. Culture entails changing people’s mindset, values, attitudes and responsiveness towards a concept. It is ambitious to voluntarily start a cultural revolution given the reality that,more often than not, breeding a common habit amongst a diverse group results in confusion, disagreement, and negation.
Hence, beginning a culture of safety among work-driven individuals entails willpower and exacting leadership. A powerful tool that makes way for that desired cultural shift may well be enacted through safety talks.
Safety talks invite participation among workers and make them realize their significance in bettering workplace conditions. While regulations require that written polices be available at all times in the workplace, effectively communicating and updating these protocols makes a difference. The proactive behavior inculcated, allows workers to apply their knowledge in recognizing the risks during work hours and making effective decisions when the need arises.
Workers that believe that the company sees them as instrumental to promoting a better occupational safety atmosphere takes proper action whenever necessary. Fear to take action or raise safety concerns diminishes once communication between administrators and employees is heightened.
To a certain extent, people have apenchant towards learning the hard way. Workers often appreciate the value of safety protocols once accidents happen before their eyes. Safety officers complain on the reluctance of workers to follow even the simplest of safety protocols. In observing proper gowning at industrial plants, workers would rather skip the protective equipment provided for reasons varying from not being able to move well in it to simply looking uncool in the get-up.
For whatever reasons, the risks involved may deter operations in the same manner that it may impair a person for life. Knowing these scenarios, safety talks address the outlook issue at the same time improving the safety scorecard of an institution.
When people convene to talk about relevant issues, perspectives are changed as the long-term benefits of following protocols are laid out. Safety talks done at regular intervals, allow the smooth transition of practices without effecting an authoritarian connotation. Companies may even gear for higher accreditations and occupational safety goals once a safety culture is successfully embraced in the company. The implementation of checks and balances won’t be received in negative light if the labor community understands that such are put in place to their advantage.
It is true that some employees often do shortcuts to hasten operations. While resourcefulness is an attitude often sought after, effective communication makes it a point to put resourcefulness in the proper perspective so as not to supersede safety protocols. Workers are made to realize that productivity necessitate addressing health and safety procedures in the conduct of operations.
Engaging the employees to respond positively in occupational safety measures is the only way to ensure success. This scenario is not in any way superficial as it requires a person’s consent and cultural shift to materialize. Simply put, the power of taking over one’s hesitation in going the extra mile to practice safety protocols can only be harnessed through the conduct of relevant safety talks.
Effective safety talks, procedures and behaviors are spread through an organization through the building of good relationships and safety awareness.