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Workplace Safety Culture That Leads to Organizational Efficiency and Sustainability Average Read Time - 5 min

The keys to attracting talent in an industry are money, resources required to train, opportunity, and workplace safety. If any of these key aspects are missing the economy loses the expertise and falls behind. In the coming future, Ontario needs to build homes, infrastructure, increase manufacturing and its services. Recognizing these fundamentals, Ontario has made Workplace Safety an important part of its mandate for the Ministry of Labour Immigration & Skill Trades.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act governs the workplace health and safety requirements through various legislations and regulations of the Act. Certain industries such as construction are prone to a higher percentage of risk compared with other industries. 

If you have registered with the IHSA for COR™ certification, you have more than one reason to start working towards a sustainable safety culture at your workplace in order to achieve the accreditation successfully. COR™ process looks at three major aspects:

  • Documentation of your policies, processes, and procedures to meet compliance
  • Performance of internal and external audits to ensure that whatever is being documented is actually happening
  • Building a ‘safety culture’ through a sustainable health and safety program.


CLICK HERE to know more about COR™ certification and full support in terms of online/classroom training, consulting, and online safety management system to achieve it in Ontario.

Workplaces may differ, activities may differ, and so may the risk of carrying out those activities. The big question here is how should companies be viewing safety in the workplace? Do they view it as a mandatory requirement as per law? Or do they need to view it as a wonderful opportunity to not only provide a safe workplace to their workers, but also engage with them regularly.  The way an organization views the goal of safety determines how it is managed.

The second approach is the highly desirable one. If an organization succeeds in making safety an integral part of its culture over the long term, it creates a sustainable program, which adds to the brand value. Workplace safety and corporate brand image go hand-in-glove. We all know what happened to British Petroleum’s global brand image after the massive oil-leak tragedy. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to understand and respect the correlation between the company brand and workplace safety. One of the best ways to ensure brand leadership is by working towards building a sustainable safety culture at the workplace.

Safety culture can be best defined as one that starts with ‘I’ within the organization and moves along with ‘we’. It’s one where everyone’s responsible for safety at the workplace. It encourages workers to view health and safety as a core responsibility rather than just a legislative requirement. It involves the use of online systems, tools, and techniques that make the whole workplace operate efficiently with improved productivity.

Following are some of the major benefits of building a safety culture within your organization:

  • Creating, managing, and monitoring health and safety programs in a sustainable manner removing dependencies on people
  • Stronger employee engagement through following an Internal Responsibility System
  • Improved organizational efficiency through increased use of technology coupled with a stronger and sustainable health and safety program
  • Effective risk management across all levels of workers in the organization
  • Boosting your corporate brand image
  • Consistent drop in accidents, incidents, and non-conformance lead to higher productivity and efficiency

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