Safety In The Workplace – Personalized

Safety in the workplace is, as we all know, essential.

At any moment on a construction site, anything can change. That’s when safety readiness is really put to the test.

People Create Safe Workplaces – Not Rules

An Alberta-based safety expert says safety ‘rules’ are not as effective as creating a ‘safety culture’, on the job.

Safety ResultsAlan Quilley, President of Safety Results calls his approach Integrated Safety Management, or ISM.

“Working safely shouldn’t be done because it’s a rule,” says Quilley. “Our work should be done safely so that we get to simply hang out with our friends after work.”

Everyone Contributes To A Safety Culture

Quilley advises managers to make safe behavior something that is good for the whole workplace, not appealing on an individual basis.

His prescription for creating safety in the workplace has four main components.

  • Create a safety culture on the job. “This is the way it is around here.”
  • Develop standards, practices and procedures that reflect that culture.
  • Make available the tools and equipment workers need to stay safe on the job and ensure safety in the workplace. “It’s one thing to internalize safe behavior – but you also need to have the proper tools to make it happen.”
  • Make it pay off. “If you measure it, they’ll do it. If you add a reward, they’ll do it with commitment and enthusiasm.”

Develop Trusting Relationships With Your Workers

Quilley advises managers and employers to make safety in the workplace part of their on-the-job behaviour at all times.

“You have to be discussing safety all the time. To get people engaged, you have to ask questions.”

“You have to discuss problems and concerns with them on an ongoing basis, and develop trusting relationships that emphasize problem solving,” Quilley says. “That humanizes the workplace.”

And makes work a safer place to be.


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