Top Tips for promoting a Health and Safety culture

Unfortunately, you can’t acquire a health and safety culture at the flick of a switch. A positive safety culture is about having positive values, attitudes, competencies and behaviour from employees and leaders from all levels. It takes commitment and dedication across the entire workforce.

 

What is a health and safety culture? And how do you ‘get’ one?

 

The new ISO 45001:2018 now includes the requirement ‘Leadership and Commitment’ (5.1), which describes the aims to develop, lead and promote a Health and Safety culture that involves all employees on the following:

 

  • Regular communications concerning health and safety matters – Toolbox talks, intranet and meetings
  • Protecting your workers – do you provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) i.e. high visibility jacket
  • Provide a health and safety induction – make employees aware of your company health and safety controls i.e. first aider and fire drills
  • Consider support for mental health issues with healthcare specialists
  • Ensure relevant controls are in place i.e. lone worker and DSE Procedures
  • Establish a health and safety steering group / committee to take the lead and demonstrate commitment.

Interested in how ISO 45001 can help you further with your workplace health and safety? We have a free webinar available to watch: An Introduction to ISO 45001.