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How do you Create a Positive Safety Culture?

June 26, 2019 BY Neil Brunetz

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Communication is key.  Starting from the top down.  Safety as a first priority requires constant positive communication.  Having a plant-wide safety meeting after an accident happens is a must, but having plant-wide communication that allows a potential hazard to be identified and corrected before the accident happens is better.  And by better I mean more cost effective and morale boosting.

Leadership has to be front and center in defining the safety culture, communicating the culture, providing opportunities for everyone to participate in the culture, and enforcing the culture. 

Here are a couple of easy examples:

  1.  A 5 minutes start of shift safety talk on a piece of equipment or a process.
  2. A conversation with supervisors about a safety topic with the understanding those supervisors will have the same conversation with other employees during the day.
  3. Have supervisors or even better, management, ask employees on the floor what concerns them.

Even more importantly is that action based on these steps is taken, communicated and acknowledged.  Showing that safety considerations are taken into account and acted on encourages involvement by others.

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Mr. Brunetz has experience working as an outside general counsel for a technology company assisting the company in negotiating and finalizing NDAs, SaaS agreements and technology development agreements as well as many other aspects of the company’s business. His legal experience also includes  courtroom representation of clients in civil litigation matters, including personal injury, wrongful death, workers' compensation, construction, contract, commercial disputes, and malpractice actions. 

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