A culture of safety
The culture within an organisation is made up of all the attitudes, beliefs, expectations, and actions of everyone involved. Developing a culture of safety in the workplace is a strong, positive step towards workplace health and safety management. A culture of safety encourages teamwork, effective communication, the expression of new ideas, cooperation and flexibility.
A culture of safety should be the aim of every service because it means:
- decreased risk of injuries to clients, visitors and workers
- decreased costs associated with injuries
- decreased absenteeism because of injury or work-related stress
- strengthening of the organisation's image within the community as one of quality and professionalism.
The key points in developing a strong, positive culture of safety are:
- commitment and consultation
- evaluation and continuous improvement
- open communication.
As a worker in your particular setting, your participation is important to the success of workplace health and safety (WHS) management.