Company safety is a direct reflection of the decisions leaders make, the things they say, the systems they implement and oversee, and the value they place on safety with respect to other objectives. It is a combination of company policy- the official rules, and company culture- what employees actually do and say.
There should always be alignment between safety policies and company culture. If company culture doesn’t support all safety policies, then there is a problem.
Addressing the problem looks at the policy first. Ask two questions:
- Is it in compliance with the latest regulatory updates?
- Is it specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely (SMART)?
If the answer to either is no, then the policy needs to change.
If the problem is not the policy, then the culture needs to change. Safety isn’t something that can be delegated; it has to be part of workplace vales for everyone, from the CEO to each worker. If your company culture is not in alignment with company policy, it is time to change the culture.