Why talk of Safety?
Safety is man’s second most important need after survival. It precedes all other social needs, and unless this requirement is satisfied it is virtually impossible to continue the ascent toward more ambitious goals.
Safety is not just a set of rules and procedures to apply but a deep‐rooted condition which must be understood as a whole.
The human ‘value’ of safety is compromised daily by workplace accidents and fatal injuries, 90 %* of which are related to behavioural aspects. Therefore, it is important to continue to a strong focus on organizational SAFETY by promoting innovative programmes aimed at raising people’s awareness alongside practical tools to drive safety improvement.
How can we change people's behaviour?
Behaviours cannot be changed simply by issuing a document or implementing a procedure. Changing the culture, “the way things are done around here”, means changing the perspective and the attitude with which each person sets out to attend to their daily tasks, and this applies to everyone, regardless of hierarchy.
What does "changing the culture" mean?
Who? - The individual is at the centre of everything. The culture of a workplace is the result of the collective influence of those who are a part of it: Management, Supervisors and Employees.
What? - 'Health and Safety' are one and the same. Workplace Health and Safety becomes a way of living, rather than a procedure.
How? - Behaviour and leadership are at the heart of cultural change. Safety essentially depends on people – their attitudes, their behaviour and their thinking. It is fundamental to establish safe behaviour within the workforce, developing safety leadership skills and the ability to influence others, thus contributing to the creation of a new culture.