• 7 Steps to Cultivate an Efficient Safety Culture

7 Steps to Cultivate an Efficient Safety Culture

January 19, 2017 By

Enablon Insights aims to bring you engaging, curated, and actionable guidance and resources on a daily basis. We’re glad to publish our second installment of the Aberdeen Expert Series, featuring practical tips and result-oriented research from leading tech sector data, analytics & content specialist Aberdeen Group. If you’re on the lookout for new pathways to bringing efficiency and resilience to EHS, Risk and Sustainability processes in your organization, keep an eye on your inbox or stop by the blog for regularly posted and fresh bite-sized Aberdeen content.

Today’s post explores 7 tips every business can integrate to cultivate an efficient safety culture.

A recent Aberdeen study on the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) side of manufacturing found that EHS affects all levels of an organization, from plant manager to CEO. Getting buy-in from these various levels of the company is crucial, as that is where a safety culture comes in. However, this focus on safety should go beyond compliance and work to reduce manufacturing costs and increase productivity. Organizations looking to develop or improve the safety culture in their own company should:

Step 1: Establish standardized policies.

This will allow you to minimize risk of business interruption due to EHS events.

Step 2: Establish cross-functional teams.

Pool knowledge and viewpoints from multiple business areas and get everyone thinking about safety.

Step 3: Make your business process auditable and transparent for all functional groups.

Share needed compliance information among employees, suppliers, customers, and regulators.

Step 4: Automate your safety processes through a formal safety management system (SMS).

This will eliminate inefficient manual data collection and spreadsheet analysis.

Step 5: Leverage job hazard analysis (JHA) and incident management to improve.

Both can establish a foundation for continuous improvement feedback loops.

Step 6: Utilize analytics.

This will allow you to identify new trends through behavioral analysis, and to simplify complex decision making.

Step 7: This is not a one-time program.

It is a continuous loop that should be driven by a continuous improvement culture and further refined and enhanced.

To learn more, make sure to download the complimentary full length report below:

Aberdeen Report: JHA + Incident Management + Continuous Improvement = A Safety Culture. Discover how leading manufacturing firms build an efficient safety culture by optimizing JHA, incident management, and continuous improvement.


Categories: EHS

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