In any industry, some of the safest organizations are those with a good safety culture. Why? Because safety culture goes beyond the rules, systems and safeguards you have in place to enforce safety protocols. Yes, those safeguards are crucially important, but safety culture is also about the values, attitudes and behaviours of everyone in your organization.
Employees in companies with a good safety culture don’t just follow rules, they proactively take it upon themselves to work safely.
One of the most important tools in enhancing safety culture is communication, on many different levels. For instance:
- Managers and executives must communicate their commitment to safety to the entire organization
- Supervisors and workers must maintain an open dialogue about safety, and encourage each other to adhere to the highest safety standards
- Workers must be encouraged to report all incidents and near misses as well as any potential hazards that may exist
In a previous post we talked about the importance of in-person sessions and honest conversation in ensuring that your workers follow your safety messages. This week we’re talking about one of the most powerful tools at your disposal: Safety Stand Down.
What is Safety Stand Down?
Safety Stand Down is a chance to get your executives and managers together with supervisors and frontline workers, talking about safety and reinforcing the behaviours and attitudes that will make your organization a safer place to work.
We’ve put together a collection of tools including posters, stickers, conversation templates, videos and session planning tips to help you get the most from your event.
But the rest is up to you – you pick the location, the date and the time. You can decide how many hours or days you want your session to last, and whether to make it a regular event.
Keeping “u” out of injuries
This year’s theme is focused on the top three causes of injury in the upstream oil and gas industry:
- Being struck by an object
- Slips, trips and falls
You can use the session materials we’ve put together on this topic, or you can plan your event around another topic that’s important to your organization right now, and still make use of our free session planning materials.
Join us for breakfast, and learn more about Safety Stand Down
To find out more, join us for a breakfast and information session on Tuesday November 17th, from 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. at the Calgary Petroleum Club – 319 5 Avenue S.W., Calgary. Register now to ensure your spot.