Safety Guarding 101

How to Build a Safety Culture in 10 Steps


Jason Kerkhof

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June 28, 2023

Creating a safety culture in the workplace is essential for the well-being of employees and the success of the organization. Safety culture is an organizational culture that places a high level of importance on safety beliefs, values, and attitudes—and these are shared by the majority of people within the company or workplace. It can be characterized as 'the way we do things around here'. In this blog, we will discuss 10 simple steps for building a safety culture in your workplace.


1.      Lead by example

Creating a culture of safety begins with leadership. Managers and supervisors must model safe behavior, follow safety protocols, and communicate the importance of safety to their teams. Leaders who prioritize safety create a culture where employees feel empowered to speak up about safety concerns and take action to prevent accidents.


2.      Communicate regularly

Regular communication about safety is essential for creating a culture of safety. This can include regular safety meetings, newsletters, and training sessions. Communication should be clear, concise, and relevant to the specific work environment. All employees should be informed of potential hazards and the steps they can take to stay safe.

3.      Involve employees

Employees who are involved in creating and maintaining a culture of safety are more likely to take ownership of their own safety and the safety of their colleagues. This can include involving employees in safety committees, encouraging them to report safety concerns, and soliciting their input on safety policies and procedures.


4.      Provide training

Training is essential for ensuring that employees understand the hazards they may face and the steps they can take to stay safe. Training should be provided on an ongoing basis, including regular refresher courses. Training should also be tailored to the specific work environment and the specific hazards employees may encounter.


5.      Establish clear policies and procedures

Clear policies and procedures help ensure that everyone in the organization is aware of what is expected of them regarding safety. Policies and procedures should be written in clear, concise language, and should be easily accessible to all employees. They should also be reviewed regularly to ensure they are up to date.


6.      Conduct regular safety audits

Regular safety audits can help identify potential hazards and ensure that safety policies and procedures are being followed. Audits should be conducted by trained professionals who can identify potential hazards and make recommendations for improving safety. Employers should take the results of safety audits seriously and take action to address any identified issues.


7.      Encourage reporting of safety concerns

Encouraging employees to report safety concerns is essential for identifying potential hazards and preventing accidents. Employees should feel comfortable reporting safety concerns to their supervisors or safety committees. Employers should take these concerns seriously and take action to address them.


8.      Reward safe behavior

Rewarding safe behavior can encourage employees to take an active role in creating a culture of safety. This can include recognition programs, bonuses, or other incentives. Recognizing employees who follow safety protocols and take steps to prevent accidents sends a message that safety is valued and appreciated.


9.      Conduct regular safety drills

Regular safety drills can help ensure that employees know what to do in the event of an emergency. Drills should be conducted regularly and should include all employees. After the drill, employers should review the results and make any necessary changes to the emergency plan.


10.  Continuously improve

Creating a culture of safety is an ongoing process. Employers should continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their safety policies and procedures. They should also be open to feedback from employees and make changes as necessary to improve safety.


In conclusion, building a safety culture in the workplace requires a commitment from everyone in the organization. By following these 10 simple steps, employers can create a workplace where safety is valued, and everyone takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe work environment.