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:
- It starts at the beginning
- Add safety to evaluations
- Reward System
- Safety Committee
- Inspect what you expect
- Safety Days Sign.