We are all familiar with safety as a concept. We ensure that our kids know the importance of wearing helmets when they start riding their bikes or our road safety rules make it a habit for us to wear seat belts every time we drive. When it comes to workplaces, however, the concept of safety can be a bit more complex. We usually take our office premises to be made secure by quality building materials that also have fire resistance norms and safety methods established; however, there are several other aspects where safety could be compromised and where employers need to take precautionary measures from before.
Workplace safety components
There are certain core areas where safety needs to be inbuilt for a company or organization. The first step is to inculcate safety in the culture of the company. The everyday behaviors that people are expected to showcase as well as assumptions, norms and values should be built around safety for all.
The next core area where safety becomes a primary focus is in compliance. There are certain regulatory standards that apply to every modern workplace and these mandated standards help enforce safety in a workplace. Risk management is another area. This is a focus area that differs from one organization to another, depending on the nature of the risks involved in different work processes. In order to manage risks, the inherent risks involved in different work processes need to be analyzed and then risk management norms or standards to be defined in an organization. The other aspect is governance. There are usually compliance policies and standards that apply in a certain region which needs to be complied with.
Commitment to safety
When it comes to inculcating a culture of safety in an organization, there are certain values, attitudes, beliefs, and norms that help to shape the desired behaviors in a workplace. The culture needs to be established by senior management in an organization. Usually, the senior management of an organization can instill the importance of a safety program and empower people within the organization to form the solution and be champions of such a culture. The culture should promote an environment where everyone is aware of what injuries or mistakes could occur in different circumstances and be bold enough to report such incidents or prevent the occurrence of the same without fearing any adverse consequence of judgment on the part of others.