Workplace and on-site safety do not begin and end with policy and procedure. Along with proper training, reinforcement and supervision, safety comes down to a company culture. While trainings such as those provided by Brauner Safety Services are essential for gaining the information and skills needed to practice proper safety and remain OSHA compliant, the company culture that you create will nurture those skills and make safety an expected and integrated part of your team’s daily operations.
So how does one begin to build a culture of safety? For starters, you will need to begin at the top – your leaders. The actions and reactions of management and leaders within a company will have bearing on what your team perceives as the standard, and their actions will most likely follow suit. Here are some simple steps to take when building and/or improving your current company culture when it comes to safety:
- Use Data – Don’t underestimate the power of data. Data regarding your job site safety measures, injuries, risk assessments, safety equipment, policies and procedures should all be centralized and easy to access from nearly any location. The data regarding practices and procedures make essential safety information accessible to your team without any one individual having to fear asking a question that puts him at risk of appearing inexperienced. The data collected on the history of hazards and injuries on a job site enables the company to analyze crews, locations and trends that can be valuable for future projects.
- Offer Paid Training – Team empowerment and confidence comes with proper training and education. A knowledgeable crew equals a safe crew, and by offering paid training your team will understand the importance of safety and know that the company puts their well-being first.
- Reward Reporting – Positive reinforcement is the key to success of a safety program, and when it comes to monitoring the safety of your job site, rewards go a long way in supporting your team members who report offenders. Have an open-door policy that makes crews feel comfortable in reporting to management about crew members who have violated safety or other policies. Be public and open about reporting incentives and be sure to follow through with the rewards that are promised.
- Use Resources and Technology – From posters and signs to checklists and tool kits, OSHA provides ample safety resources that you can share and have visible throughout your workplace. Make your commitment to safety visible on your walls, website and through social media, and make sure new technology and standards are shared at your daily or weekly crew and management meetings. Also, you will want to have the latest and upgraded equipment when and where possible and an ongoing program in place to research current safety advances in technology, equipment, tools, materials, and work procedures.
A company culture that includes safety builds crews and teams that make safety a priority. By using the resources and trainings available, coupled with ongoing monitoring and positive reinforcement, safety will become a top priority and a given in your daily operations.
To learn more about roofing safety training and programs, visit Brauner Safety Services. To schedule your next safety training, contact Jim Brauner: 407-403-3959.