Workplace safety culture that leads to organizational efficiency
Workplace safety is highly significant in Ontario. The Occupational Health and Safety Act governs the workplace health and safety requirements in Ontario. Moreover, certain industries such as construction are prone to higher percentage of risk compared with other industries.
Workplace safety culture and COR™
Certificate of Recognition (COR™) of the IHSA gives you a good reason to start building a sustainable safety culture. In fact, you need to have a strong safety culture to achieve and maintain COR™ in Ontario. 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.
Safety culture is the way forward
Workplaces may differ, activities may differ, and so may the risk of carrying out those activities. However, the big question here is how should companies be viewing safety at 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 provide a safe workplace to their workers? Remember, they can do this while engaging well with their workers.
The second approach is the highly desirable one. In fact, if an organization succeeds in making safety an integral part of its culture over the long term, it creates a sustainable program. Further, this adds to the brand value. Importantly, 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, understanding and respecting the correlation between company brand and workplace safety is crucial. Hence, working towards building a sustainable safety culture is one of the best ways to ensure brand leadership.
What is safety culture?
One can best define safety culture as one that starts with ‘I’ and moves along with ‘we’. In fact, it’s one where everyone is 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 use of online systems, tools, and techniques that help a 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 program 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 of the organization
- Boosting your corporate brand image
- Consistent drop in accidents, incidents, and non-conformance lead to higher productivity and efficiency