Occupational Health And Safety

Health And Safety Signs

Health And Safety Signs


Introducing change within an organization can be challenging. Similarly adopting an occupational or workplace safety program is very difficult for the employees and can be a big challenge. Effective and lasting changes generally come about when the board and senior management not only commit to adopting them as a top priority, but at the same time provide compelling evidence that change must be made now. Evidence can be given through the health and safety signs showed by the organization on adopting the program and citing its advantages. Just as every organization has its own unique "culture," there is no specific set of standards for a safety culture. However, there are some observable characteristics that identify that a safety culture has been introduced well in the organization.

In a well accepted safety culture, employees are able to observe and correct hazards. Once a hazard is identified, the correction is made and reported. Employees always "dress for success" by using the appropriate protective gear and equipment. They also know how to use the appropriate equipment to do the task, and how to keep tools and machinery well maintained. The management is aware about the various conditions in the organization and works towards creating and carrying out safety programs specific to organizations. A well developed occupational health and safety culture generally has an active safety committee or in smaller organizations a safety coordinator helping and guiding the workers to ensure a occupationally healthy and safe work environment. The committee meetings are scheduled on a regular basis and well-attended. These committees also conduct regular safety inspections to trace any health and safety warning signs. There are regular training in basic safety methods, and also specialized in-service training to deal with safety issues specific to the organization.

As individual motivations are different, the process of infusing a safety culture needs to address an array of motivations. Management will want to see the safety culture reduce the cost of insurance, and employees will want to feel safer and less prone to injuries. Employees will also want to feel valued for their contributions in terms of identifying and correcting hazards. If an organization shows a big percentage of their employees are motivated to follow safety measures and same rules are being followed for all workers, these are good health and safety signs for the workplace. Inspite of all these positive health and safety signs it is important that the management runs a quarterly loss analysis to have a review of injury & illness records, ask the workers for recommendations for improving safety culture. It is important to Keep listening for clues of potential trouble, this will help you take safety measures at the right time. These preventive measures can only be taken if the management clearly spells out exactly what is expected, how the organization expects workers to achieve this safe environment and what will happen if individuals do not do what is expected. Change comes about more quickly when the reward structure is changed to compensate those workers whose behavior contributes to safety goals. Similarly, immediate and meaningful consequences need to be applied when careless behavior or negligence causes an accident or injury.