Becoming an effective safety leader involves a genuine concern for your team and consistently showcasing the importance of safety and prioritizing the health and safety of others through your actions.
When health and safety become a core value ingrained in every decision across an organization, leaders persistently strive for ongoing enhancements. Senior executives encourage employees to identify and rectify potential hazards throughout the entire organization, viewing it as their personal duty to ensure their organizations prioritize employee safety.
For a leader to be committed to the necessary transformations within the organization, a personal connection to safety is essential. While leaders naturally desire high performance and profitability, safety decisions require a focus on how they impact the well-being of their team.
In simpler terms, leaders should extend the same level of care to their employees as they do to their own family. Safety and health practices reflect an organization’s commitment to the ethical and moral responsibility we all share.
Unlocking safety excellence demands leaders to embrace eight key practices that go beyond mere talk and actively shape a safety-centric culture:
- Vision: Leaders must possess the foresight to envision safety excellence and articulate this vision across the company. This involves a clear understanding of what safety success looks like.
- Collaboration: Effective leaders excel in collaboration, fostering cooperation among employees. They actively seek input from individuals on matters affecting them, encouraging the implementation of decisions that enhance safety.
- Credibility: Trust is paramount. Leaders must cultivate a high level of trust by admitting mistakes, advocating for the safety interests of everyone within the company.
- Communication: Safety leaders need to infuse safety into every conversation. Every communication, whether big or small, should be framed within the context of safety, emphasizing its importance consistently.
- Action Orientation: Proactive health and safety measures should be the norm, not just reactions to incidents. Leaders should demonstrate a sense of urgency in the absence of problems, showcasing a serious commitment to achieving safety results.
- Feedback and Recognition: Leaders require honest and accurate feedback on their behaviours to maintain consistency between their expressed passion for people and the message conveyed through their actions. Recognition of positive contributions to safety is key to reinforcing the desired behaviours
- Accountability: Taking full responsibility for your actions is key. A leader who is on top of their game provides a transparent evaluation of employees’ safety contributions and outcomes. They make sure everyone understands their role in the safety endeavor and cultivates a shared belief that health and safety is a collective responsibility across the entire organization.
- Training and Competence: The frontline shield against accidents is training and understanding. It is crucial to guarantee that everyone in a company or organization, whether they’re employees, contractors, or visitors, has the essential information at their fingertips. Training initiatives should go beyond the basics, covering general safety principles and the specific hazards associated with each person’s role. Such training establishes a uniform understanding and approach to risk management throughout the entire organization. Aim to elevate competence, emphasizing not only knowing what to do but also empowering individuals to apply safety knowledge effectively in real-world scenarios.
These components harmonize to craft more than just a top-notch safety culture, they contribute to an atmosphere where individuals are motivated to prioritize safety in their work. It is a culture that endures over time. At Summit Property Group we value health and safety as we are COR-certified. We recognize the importance of safety daily by reviewing incidents, accidents, and near misses, regular safety meetings, yearly internal maintenance audits, mitigating risks, and having a no accident approach to our work. Here at Summit, we have crews that lead the way in health and safety, ensuring that all employees make it home safely after every shift.