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Culture of Safety

Organizations that create and maintain safe workplaces practices can develop a positive safety culture where everyone shares buy-in about the importance of healthy work environments. Not only are people encouraged to work toward change – they feel they are able to take action when needed and they have the tools necessary to resolve issues as they arise.

A culture of safety is about the values, attitudes and perceptions of everyone within the organization. Organizations with positive safety cultures reflect high degrees of trust. Systems are in place and there’s a sense of ownership in dealing with safety issues.

Safe workplaces encourage and nurture buy-in at all levels of the organization. Senior leaders need to demonstrate their own commitment to safety by providing the necessary resources and support needed to achieve results. To be effective in the long run, the safety message must be consistent, sustainable – and employees must truly believe in their leaders’ commitment to safety.

There is a growing body of research that shows a definite link between safety culture and the number of injuries within an organization. When injuries and illness at work are less common at work, this impacts both employee morale as well as the bottom-line.

Tools and Resources

Public Services Health & Safety Association - Health & Safety Management System

The Graham Lowe Group - Healthy Workplace Strategies

The Quality Worklife - Quality Healthcare Collaborative (QWQHC)