STEP 1 >> Visible, active senior management leadership
Visible senior management leadership promotes the belief that safety management is an organizational value.
Contemporary businesses establish safety and health as a core value of their organizations. Senior management, including your top executive on site, must act as role models for how all your employees should work to create a safe work environment. This means:
- Authorizing the necessary resources for accident prevention;
- Discussing safety processes and improvements regularly during staff or employee meetings;
- Ensuring management is held accountable for accident-prevention activities and for managing accident-prevention processes;
- Annually assessing the success of your safety process by using surveys, personal interviews and/or behavior-sampling;
- Encouraging employees to take an active part in maintaining a safe workplace.
Your senior management must assume a leadership role in establishing the importance of safety in all operations. Taking the safety and health lead helps in the campaign to reduce accident losses. It also encourages management and employees to make the safety and health system and processes successful.
Here are the actions your senior managers can take to show active leadership in the safety and health processes:
- Issue a written safety policy as a core value of the organization and assign roles and responsibilities;
- Establish both annual and long-term safety goals;
- Include safety as an agenda item in all regularly scheduled business meetings;
- Regularly review progress of the safety and health processes with supervisors and employees;
- Accompany supervisors, safety team members or safety committee members during periodic departmental safety surveys;
- Review and discuss all accident-investigation reports with the supervisor or foreman;
- Present safety recognition awards to deserving employees;
- Openly discuss safety issues with employees during periodic tours or meetings;
- Participate as a student in employee safety training programs;
- Participate in meetings with accident-prevention coordinators;
- Review minutes of safety team or committee meetings;
- Review safety survey reports.