The culture of an organisation has a profound effect on the way people behave. If you want safe behaviour, you need to have a safe culture.
The problem is you cannot just tell people to behave more safely and expect it to happen. All sorts of things about how your organisation works will affect the way people behave:
- People think that focusing on speed or efficiency rather than safety is more likely to get them a promotion
- They think considering safety is a sign of weakness
- They are reluctant to wear protective equipment because no-one else seems to
- If their boss doesn’t value safety, they don’t see why they should
- They think that pointing out a colleague’s unsafe behaviour is tantamount to grassing them up
You cannot change the way people feel and think about safety overnight. It takes a change in your organisation’s culture. In a positive safety culture, people are encouraged to put safety first and spot ways to improve safety.
Understanding the different attitudes, perceptions, beliefs and values is the first step towards stimulating a change in safety culture.
Lattitude Safety has the expertise to measure and assess your organisation’s safety culture — to see how your are doing.
Behavioural safety often needs a change in the culture of your organisation and that can only happen with management commitment. It takes time and perseverance but it is worth it when you see injury rates fall.
Martin Woodall, Lattitude Safety’s principal consultant talks about Safety Culture:
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