Your safety culture reflects your organizations collective response to workplace safety and is evident in shared beliefs, behaviours and values your employees exhibit surrounding safety. A solid safety culture is a good indicator that your workplace injury prevention programs are hitting home with your employees, and while this at times can be difficult to measure, Mark Middlesworth, founder of Ergonomics Plus, provides a quick guide to help you gauge your own safety culture. Check out his slides below:
Pedestrian safety in the workplace
What’s at Stake? We are constantly reminding our children about pedestrian safety. We tell them to cross only at designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street, but often timesto forget these safety basics in the workplace. Workplace traffic can be every bit as dangerous as that found on the city streets. In a collision between a 2000-pound industrial vehicle and a 200-pound person, the pedestrian is very likely to come out the loser. What’s the Danger? Poor visibility...
Anti-Bullying Week and the Workplace
‘Keep Calm’ but don’t just ‘Carry On’ As you may likely know – particularly if you follow Twitter hashtags – this week is England’s ‘Anti Bullying Week’ being promoted under the theme of ‘Power for Good’. Typical of such campaigns, the focus of the week is on tackling bullying among school children and young adults – and make no mistake this is an important goal – however, it strikes me that this is also a good opportunity to...
Workplace Safety Training – A Double-Edged Sword
Buildingworkplace safetyawareness on the job can be an application of two extreme views of managing people. The first would be analogous to the army first sergeant, who might tell his troops, “What I’m about to teach you will save your life, because if you don’t learn it I will kill you!” Or there’s the less threatening approach that employs posters with clever and pithy slogans like “Safety is no accident.” The realistic approach Then there’s the middle approach...
Red Card, Yellow Card – Health & Safety and Workplace Abuse
Clamping Down on Abusive and Offensive Behaviour After listening to a radio debate on the proposed Football Premier league’s crackdown on indiscipline proposed for this season I thought it may make a good blog subject for this week, hopefully sparking a debate amongst Health & Safety professionals when related to Safety management and the attitudes of some employees and managers. The Premier League and Football League announced a joint attempt to put an end to “unacceptable participant conduct&rdq...
Creating a Business Case for a Safe and Healthy Workplace
In considering a “Business Case” for creating a psychologically safe and healthy workplace, we need to move beyond the idea that companies have a moral responsibility to send workers home from work as healthy as they were when they arrived. During my learning for this post I increased my knowledge about psychological illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, and how they are increasingly more prevalent in our workplaces. As EHSQ Community member Ann Morgan discussed in one of our EHSQ Intelex...