Creating a safety culture

Creating a safety culture in your workplace is not a one-and-done activity – it’s something that needs to be reinforced each and every day.


Here are some top tips:


  1. Training
    • Ensure employees have received more than adequate training and understand why they are being trained
    • Revisit training regularly and discuss training topics in a variety of formats such as safety huddles, on-the-job training, scenario-based training, tip sheets, sharing best practices, etc. so that training doesn’t become a one-and-done checkbox activity 


  1. Preventative measures
    • Assess the potential workplace hazards and develop a safety plan to mitigate risk
    • Prioritize preventative work such as routine inspections and preventative maintenance


  1. Talk about performance regularly
    • Don’t wait for something bad to happen to talk about safety practices
    • Celebrate wins and recognize those who are doing a good job so employees feel motivated and understand that workplace safety is a priority
    • Share best practices and tips; talk about what’s working and what isn’t
    • Provide performance feedback in the moment – don’t wait for year-end reviews
    • Apply discipline when required so employees know that maintaining a safe workplace is taken very seriously


  1. Take action
    • Encourage employees to report deficiencies and incidents
    • Take immediate action when deficiencies or issues are raised; this helps to reinforce that safety is a priority within your workplace. It also helps employees feel that their work is valued and matters
    • Use data to identify patterns. Collect data from safety inspections to recognize potential workplace hazards before they become an issue. The information collected can be used to implement corrective actions and make changes to prevent future incidents.


This may sound like an easy list but maintaining a high standard for safety is no easy feat. By implementing these tips, you can set the tone for a safety conscious workplace. Be consistent. Reflect and evaluate often. And be proactive to protect the well being of your employees.