The downside is that in practice, safety resources are stretched. Safety Culture is a popular sentiment, but the organizational commitment is not yet second nature.
Survey respondents further request these wish list items :
- Established programs that comply with laws, plus the appropriate automation, training, procedures and incentives that go with the programs.
- Directing resources toward occupational health, fire protection, ergonomics, risk management and environmental compliance concerns.
- A government administration that does not cut regulations but supports standards, compliance and enforcement.
Part of the issue is that safety has been given lip service. Maybe this sounds familiar – Yes, safety is job one… Yes, we have people in operations or HR who handle it… Yes, we have a safety policy… Yes, we still have the same slips, trips and falls.
Where Safety Needs to Change
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workplace is getting safer.
But is that true?
OSHA reports tens of thousands of severe injuries on the job across the United States, sometimes with permanent consequences to themselves and their families:
- Every year, more than 4.1 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.
- Most general-industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls, causing 15% of all accidental deaths.
- Every day, more than 12 workers die on the job – 4,500-plus employees per year
Still, there is good news. OSHA’s figures have a silver lining. The workplace is getting safer. It would be improbable that there would never be another accident. But bad habits are truly being replaced with good habits. Behaviors are evolving.
Prevention can be brought about by working together. Changing how we behave.
Buckle Up, We’re Diving Deep Into This Topic
Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to dig more. Covering the what, how, and why of developing a true safety culture. So, please stay tuned.
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