- Describe the importance of safety in the workplace.
- Identify the benefits of an established culture of safety.
- Identify the risks that a culture of safety can reduce or eliminate.
- Identify the employee’s role in promoting a culture of safety.
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This lesson describes the importance of safety in the workplace and the employee’s role in maintaining a safe workplace.
According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses defines ideal safety accountability as the following:
Companies that strive for optimal safety performance display the highest level of organizational safety accountability.
In these companies, everyone understands that they are accountable for safety. The newest, entry-level employee has the same commitment to excellence as management. These companies have strategically thought out how they will get employees involved in their safety programs. By using a behavior or value-based safety approach, these companies have broken down the barriers that prevented them from achieving an integrated safety accountability system in which employees take ownership of their daily activities. These companies usually see additional payoffs in terms of quality and production, which often accompany low and stable incidence rates.
- Safety accountability is assigned to all levels
- Behavior-based safety creates ownership of the safety process
- Incidence rates less than industry average
- Payoff in quality, production, and incidence rates
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