Every head of a company, manager and supervisor will tell you that safety is the most important part of their culture. Even heads of state tout that the health and safety of their constituents is the driving force to governing.
When addressing the issue of safety in the workplace the question that starts off each conversation is, ‘Where does the perceived risk evolve from?’ Polling the workforce in a European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), the impacted workers usually outnumber the front office personnel by at least 10:1, one out of three workers targets the factors as stemming from the work itself. This includes the tasks, the equipment and the workplace environment.
The perception is based on hazardous conditions and the increased odds of being affected by occupational accidents and illnesses. The working populous believes that they are at the mercy of the job. And this correlates further with where these workers are coming from outside of the workplace. Workers in demographics of single parents, less educated and age restriction find that they are more likely to be victims. Conversely, those with higher education and people with more structure at home find that they have more control in their work life. One style seems to go hand in hand with another.
Studies can break it down even further by country, gender, absenteeism and a variety of so many other potential factors. Realistically though, the psychology points the finger of importance on every single employee, and even further with communication.
The fingers don’t point to blaming individuals, but more to who is empowered to make the difference. The person that works on the production floor, in the office, or travels as part of their job must know what is expected, and how to act upon that information. This means that the empowered employee is knowledgeable, and goes through cyclical training to stay up to date. This makes actions second nature. Creating safe environments at work, and spilling those behaviours over into their personal life.
Non-verbal signage, and a safety program tailored to the unique conditions each work force endures on a daily basis reinforces the workers ability to confidently complete their tasks, and thereby making it home in one piece.
Employing someone who is educated, and prepared to engage a work force is the first step to making a positive difference. That is why it is recommended that a company that has its focus on occupational health and safety every day is ideal to use when recruiting an effective safety program. Specializing in safety means that one company can offer another a wealth of experience to draw from.
Workers consistently underestimate the dangers involved with their workspace. If a piece of equipment is set in place, it is too often expected to be free of hazard, or they tend overestimate the risk involved, and subtract from the potential outcomes. Both situations can lead to dire effects if they act too apprehensive, or are not prepared enough. Creating positive behaviours is a daily task that must be reinforced to develop and repeat favorable habits. The most important factor that an employer can control, is hiring the right team to communicate the collective message to the company. That makes your workforce competent, and ready to confront each task.