Safety Culture

Restoring Success: Building a Culture of Safety

Making safety “cool” through rewards, committees, & working together

I am fairly certain that it is not cool to say “cool” anymore; but when it comes to safety in your company, it goes far beyond OSHA Compliance and having your written safety plans on a shelf. What if you could take safety beyond a requirement, and elevate it to a company-wide goal for the “cool kids.”When I first entered the industry more than 15 years ago, it seemed to be cool and tough to go about the trades in a somewhat haphazard way. I worked with more carpenters who did not wear safety glasses than those who did. That was my first battle…to make safety glasses cool.We know safety is important for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • We care about our team and want them to be safe and healthy.
  • We must strive to meet and/or exceed safety requirements and remain in compliance.
  • Due to the nature of our work, our safety mindedness has a direct impact on the safety of our customers and those we serve.
  • Safety has a direct impact on the bottom-line of the company.

Safety should be top of mind for every restoration professional, from technician to company owner. A safety culture is an effective way to have your entire team moving in the same direction when it comes to safety.Consider these tips while developing a culture of safety:

  1. It starts at the beginning
  2. Add safety to evaluations
  3. Reward System
  4. Safety Committee
  5. Inspect what you expect
  6. Safety Days Sign.

Click link to read the entire article Restoring Success: Building a Culture of Safety by Lisa Lavender, Chief Operating Officer, Berks Fire Water Restorations, Inc.