Avoid “fingerprints” for an effective safety culture

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Avoid “fingerprints” for an effective safety culture

what is your research?

Organizations tend to start assigning responsibilities after an incident. “Who did it? We had good policies in place. Someone screwed it up.” It leads to avoidant behavior. People fear that if they speak up, they will somehow be condemned. There is also an overall trend towards temporary employment of the workforce. They are not very invested in the whole idea of ​​safety. How can this temporary worker be trained in the most appropriate way? His third thing we discovered is that organizations can often be very checklist driven when it comes to safety. But even then there are safety issues. It is important to update safety procedures as the work environment changes.

What is the biggest takeaway from this research?

Don’t take it for granted. Hiring a safety consultant to develop this entire beautiful safety plan is pointless if it is not implemented unless employees, especially temporary workers, are involved. A shortcut is taken. Violate safety standards. And then one day something happens.

What surprised you about the results?

I was amazed at how casual some of these companies and managers were. Safety is where everyone’s lives depend. I was shocked because I couldn’t feel the urgency and importance of it.

How does your research directly impact workers?

When your employees aren’t available, don’t have the right tools, and don’t have the right training, disaster is waiting to happen. If organizations pay attention to these issues, it should help workers do a better job of staying safe and avoiding accidents.

Which industries will benefit most from your research?

Mostly process-driven organizations such as manufacturing, power plants, energy, oil and gas, and mining.

Are there any limitations to this research?

We have become too focused on the manufacturing, mining and engineering sectors. Future research will likely look to other areas. These areas present their own challenges, even in an office environment.

What are the next steps for research on this topic?

Why should safety studies be published only in safety journals? It should be discussed with the board. It should be part of your business strategy. We would like to incorporate this body of research into a mainstream management journal.