Cultivating a First-Class Safety Culture Part 1
Safety is an integral part of the construction industry and should be a core value of every construction company from the CEO to the construction worker. As safety initiatives around the country attempt to reduce the number of illnesses, injuries, and fatalities on job sites, companies must make changes to improve their safety culture.
Our OSHA defense attorneys understand that a top-notch safety culture will not happen overnight, however, making the right changes can mean all the difference for your organization's safety program. In this article and part two, we’ll share seven ways that companies can cultivate a first-class safety culture.
Make Safety a Priority
The inner workings of a construction project are complex, and the hazardous exposures on a jobsite can change daily. Managing these hazards can be a challenge, therefore, safety should be a top concern for construction professionals. Your employees are an asset to your company, so you must demonstrate to them that you are committed to their safety. Furthermore, making safety a priority will improve productivity and reduce potential issues like cost overruns and project delays.
Not only should you focus on hiring qualified workers, but you should provide them with OSHA compatible training. Training is not a one-time event, it’s an ongoing practice. At times complacency can set in, but with continuous training, you will reinforce the proper safety practices. Workers need regular training on hazard identification and the proper use of equipment. Regular tool-box talks focused on topics such as general safety, protecting the public, tool use and care, housekeeping, vehicle safety, and weather safety is also a great way to enhance safety.
Conduct Daily Site Inspections
Inspecting the jobsite to ensure that the appropriate controls are in place is a key element of an effective health and safety program. Conducting regular inspections before and after the workday is one of the best ways to improve safety by uncovering risks such as potential hazards, misplaced tools, worn equipment, or unsafe behavior.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.