Create the Environment that Motivates the Culture (Whitepaper)

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A Company’s Safety Culture is the Foundation for Meeting Personal Needs

Why is it that when you walk into one workplace versus another, you just “feel” safer, even if they’re manufacturing the same thing?

This whitepaper summarizes several aspects of the safety culture:

  • Personalized culture has a human touch
  • A culture of safety meets basic needs
  • Culture promotes a sense of “belonging”
  • Employees can be motivated to go beyond the “call of duty”

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Nine Values that characterize a healthy Safety Culture

Earlier this week, James Watson, the director of the BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement), in an address to the Center for Offshore Safety, outlined what he called the “nine values that are characteristic of a robust safety culture”.

They are:

  1. Leadership
  2. Problem identification and resolution
  3. Personal accountability
  4. Work processes
  5. Continuous learning
  6. An environment for raising concerns
  7. Effective communication
  8. Trust and respect
  9. An inquiring attitude

You can download a pdf of the complete transcript of the address on the BSEE website.

I like this list and believe that most companies would agree with it. The issue, of course, resides in the “how”. How do we go about making these values a reality in our place of business. Too often pride, insecurity, jealousy, incompetence and power games keep this from happening.

What are your ideas about how to make these values a reality in the workplace?


Some Links and Information from Uvex

We all know that Uvex makes great safety glasses and goggles. They also provide some good information. I got this the past week from Uvex and thought that you might benefit from some of the links and information.

Together with you, building a culture of safety in the workplace.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) define a culture of safety as “the shared commitment of management and employees to ensure the safety of the work environment.” In other words, this means all employees voluntarily looking out for their own well-being and the safety of their peers.

We understand that even the best equipment in the world can’t make unsafe people safe. It’s not enough to just support our