Safety culture in the workplace


PROMOTING a safe culture at work is important in ensuring that the workplace remains safe, able to operate as usual, apart from increasing employee productivity.

Among the methods that can be used to guarantee workplace safety is, firstly, by encouraging the employees to report any health- and safety-related problems. This is to get feedback on the things that may be disturbing them while they are working.

Management can also conduct further assessments based on the feedback received. This indirectly shows that the management is concerned in making sure the employees remain healthy and safe while working.

Secondly, if there is any incident that can threaten the safety and health of the employees, it should be carefully investigated to find the root cause as well as the steps to prevent the incident. A standard operating procedure (SOP) can be issued and the employees informed about it. This SOP can be a guide to the employees if the event is repeated. This proactive attitude of the management can help build employee confidence.

Thirdly, conduct training, courses or briefings that are related to safety at work. For example, courses on workplace safety awareness, fire drills, and many more. This is to enable information to be conveyed accurately and directly to the target audience.

Fourthly, create an organisation that is responsible for the safety and health of the employees. With this organisation, security issues and policies can be discussed together. This organisation needs to have representatives from among the employees so that their voices can be heard by the management. It indirectly establishes a two-way communication as well as ensure the workplace remains safe.

Fifthly, from time to time, evaluate the safety policy that is formulated so that it is always easily adapted by the employees and in accordance with company policy. This shows the readiness and seriousness of the management regarding safety. Undoubtedly, a safe culture should be present in the workplace. In fact, everyone who is working should give their cooperation and play their part.

In conclusion, if a workplace adopts a safe work culture, employees will be confident to work and indirectly their work quality and productivity will increase. Among other benefits are reducing the accident rate, reducing the cost of health care, improving the company’s brand and indirectly increasing investor confidence.

SITI AMIRA OTHMAN, PhD

Dept of Physics and Chemistry

Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (Pagoh Campus)

Johor


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