One way to visibly demonstrate to
your people that nothing is more important to you than their health and safety
is to become personally involved. What does that mean? It means seeking out
opportunities to be involved in safety activities like incident investigations,
frontline safety meetings, stand-down day activities, or safety briefings. Be
visible and seen as a champion of health and safety.
- Lead by example by consistently
demonstrating compliance with proper safety behaviors such as wearing
correct PPE when walking throughout the worksite.
- Challenge unsafe practices whenever you
come across them.
- Be visible. Seek out opportunities to be
involved in safety activities like incident investigations, safety
meetings, and training. Share personal stories with your employees so they
see your commitment to safety is genuine.
- Complete regular “safety walks” to talk to
your frontline employees. Attend onsite team meetings to get a first-hand
feel for any issues.
- Engage your leadership team and commit to
completing a number of conversations with frontline staff about safety
each month and encourage everyone on your leadership team to do the same.
Credibility is formed when
people know they can count on you for something. It is based on how people
experience you, and what that experience tells them. People see the consistency
between your words and actions as a safety leader. When a leader is consistent
and truly involved in the safety program credibility grows and trust deepens.
For more information about ISRI safety, contact Terry
Cirone at (202) 662-8529.