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We keep hearing all this fuss about “establishing a positive safety culture” but what is that, really? Wikipedia defines safety culture as “a term used to describe the way in which safety is managed in the workplace, and often reflects ‘the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety.’” This concept seems so easy…so why is it so hard for many companies to achieve?

A poor safety culture typically goes hand-in-hand with many other business hurdles, such as high employee turnover, low employee buy-in, poor morale, an unhealthy workforce, a high number of call-ins and much more. If you are noticing these things, or seeing a high frequency of work-related incidents or employees failing to comply with your health and safety systems and policies, perhaps it is time to look at ways to invest in improving your safety culture.

There are many components of a positive safety culture:

 While the concept of creating a positive safety culture is challenging and sometimes overwhelming, it is best to understand that this system takes time, hard work and dedication to establish. Start by taking small steps and setting both long- and short-term goals. You must get the right people on board by establishing a collaborative vision for your employee safety and health program and ensuring that management is committed to it. Next, you should assess your workforce and figure out the best way to implement the change. Find people throughout all divisions and levels of your organization who will commit to this concept and ultimately assist with its implementation and continued monitoring. Then, don’t back down—keep safety at the forefront at all times and work continuously every day to take steps to improve and ultimately achieve a positive safety culture. iBi

Amy Morgan is safety director for Kuhl & Company Insurance, based in Morton, Illinois.