How Can Managers Promote a Health and Safety Culture?
The first step required before managers can promote a health and safety culture within their organisation is to create a comprehensive policy and undertake tasks such as the performance of suitable risk assessments and identifying the standards required by everyone working in the company. Once this has been established, managers can then go about the task of promoting these values and health and safety expectations.
The promotion of a health and safety culture can be done in a number of ways. The best type of promotion comes from the managers themselves being seen to actively participate in the implementation and compliance with procedures such as wearing protective equipment when walking in a zone where this is required. Workers look to managers to provide instructions and an example for them, and are likely to follow their actions as they believe that what managers are doing is the acceptable way of behaving within the organisation.
A health and safety culture can also be promoted through training, particularly bespoke in-house health and safety training courses, as these can teach employees not only about the risks that they face in the particular workplace, but will also inform them about the company's specific policies and unique procedures such as where to assemble in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Managers also need to monitor how their instructions are not only interpreted but also how much of a demand they place upon employees. For example if management demands certain output targets to be met, workers may feel that the only way they can achieve them is to ignore certain safety rules and regulations. It is therefore up to management to ensure that workers are not putting themselves or others in danger by trying to fulfil these targets, and it may be the case that extra resources will need to be allocated by management.