Tips for a positive safety culture

QHSE managers (also called HSE managers or HSE officers) have a very important role within a company when it comes to setting guide lines for a safe work environment. They are the ones who are responsible that everybody can go home safe after their work is done. But being responsible and acting responsible are two different things.

In this article we would like to zoom in on what we think is a responsible way to create, implement and maintain a positive safety culture within a (large) company.

QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment)

As said, it is the job of the assigned safety officer to actively strive for a safe working environment and making sure that all concerned personnel work by the companies safety rules. Here are some tips to help QSHE managers which can lead to a positive safety culture amongst both staff and management.

1. Hands-on mentality
For a starter, it is of utmost importance that the HSE manager has a hands-on mentality; someone that profiles with the other workers and the people who are under his/her management. And maybe more important: someone that understands the risks that are dealt with on a day to day bases.

2. Worker involvement
Personnel want to be heard by management. There is no difference in this when it comes to an everyday desk job with a minimum amount of risks or to a more physical (and risk full) production job.

It is important to address and reward worker involvement, right from the start. At the very first beginning of someone’s career at a company, newly hired employees need explanation of the company’s safety culture and the company’s commitment to guarantee worker safety.

For all other workers safety should have a top position at every work-related meeting. Kick off the meeting by evaluating the current safety status, recent incidents, points of improvement or just take this moment to hand out compliments to workers who have handled certain situations very well.

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