We continue our series on how to create a facility health and safety program with focus on how to minimise risk and a clear culture
The goal is to minimize risks to department employees, occupants and visitors. Contractors who work with the organization must share the same commitment to health and safety as the organization.
All department personnel must understand their roles and responsibilities related to health and safety under the policy and contribute to continuous improvement in this area. To ensure success, several foundational elements must be in place:
Clear purpose and values around health and safety and a commitment to live out those values every day
A culture of accountability where the commitment to health and safety is rewarded and unsafe acts and behavior are addressed accordingly
A culture without fear of retaliation or retribution if one speaks up for safety.
Employees who see a safety concern should feel empowered to speak up immediately. They should feel empowered to report them, and they should feel confident that the concern will be addressed in a timely manner.
A culture where employees have the right to stop their work or an activity if risks haven’t been mitigated or if employees feel they are being put in harm’s way.
A culture where resources and budget are allocated properly to enable a robust health and safety system.A culture where health and safety data drives decision making.
A culture where health and safety efforts are supported beyond the workplace, even in employees’ homes and communities.
A comprehensive health and safety program can help managers protect facility employees, occupants and visitors.
To be continued….
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