1. Get Buy In
It is important to get buy in from upper management, and buy in from the employees. A good way to do this is to speak "their language."
For upper management focus on things like cost, value, and ROI.
Engage with employees by keeping the conversation funny and light. Make sure they know that you care about them and their safety.
2. Collect Meaningful Data
Assess where you are currently using your resources. Look at things like incidents, severity, training hours, and employee engagement.
Get employees thoughts on safety and gather behavior observations to measure where your culture is currently.
(This will be important for #6 as well!)
3. Form a Team and Set Goals
Include members from all areas of your company in the safety team. It is important that their input is heard!
Change this team up periodically so that progress doesn't stagnate and so that everyone feels involved.
Set lofty goals that will be hard to reach BUT don't set goals that diminish the safety culture! For example don't set a goal of zero if it will prevent your employees from reporting incidents. This is very dependent on your individual company!
Be sure to define the responsibilities that everyone will need to take on in order to reach the goals you set.
4. Make Safety A Core Value
Make safety a core value of your company. In every meeting and major conversation it needs to be evident that safety is at the forefront of the conversation.
Your employees need to be comfortable sharing when something is not safe and they need to know it is important to the company to resolve their issue or concern.
5. Communicate and Empower
Talk to employees regularly and continue to perform behavior observations regularly to measure the change and growth in your company.
Give employees the power to report and fix issues without the fear of backlash from your company and reward the employees who are actually making a difference.
6. Make Sure You Measure
Progress is great! But how do you know you are getting progress without actually measuring it!
Keep track of your progress so that you know you are implementing the right solutions. Track your KPI's (Key Performance Indicators), goals, and metrics.
Don't forget to also track the balances for upper management. Look at the cost of what you are doing and the return it is providing. This will make it easier to keep them on board even though it may take time to get measurable results.
7. Focus on Improvement Not Perfection
No company is going to reach perfection!
Don't let your lofty goal blind you from the progress that you are making. Definitely don't let these goals discourage you or the other employees, and be sure to encourage them about the progress that is being made.
8. Change the EnvironmentUpdate to a safety focused environment. Include things like safety posters, employee safety awards, and motivation to help employees keep safety top of mind.
9. Celebrate Success!
Let everyone see the progress you are making and make a show of the successes you do achieve to keep excitement up. This will also help keep employees engaged and proud of their safety program.
10. Get a Safety Management Software!
A safety management software like BasicSafe will make all of the above easier and will free up some of your time as well.
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