Developing a health and safety culture within your business

Developing a sound health and safety culture within your business is essential if you want to protect your staff from illness and injury, while reducing levels of workplace absence.  But what is a health and safety culture and how do you develop one within your business? A company’s health and safety culture refers to the […]

Developing a sound health and safety culture within your business is essential if you want to protect your staff from illness and injury, while reducing levels of workplace absence. 

But what is a health and safety culture and how do you develop one within your business?

A company’s health and safety culture refers to the attitudes, core values, competencies, perceptions and patterns of behaviour surrounding health and safety management. 

The Health and Safety Executive defines a company’s safety culture as, “the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organisation’s health and safety management.”

But what are the benefits of a positive health and safety culture?

Developing a positive health and safety culture leads to a whole host of benefits, including:

  • Lower absenteeism – if your employees are fit and healthy, they are less likely to take time off work
  • A positive health and safety culture has been linked to a happier workforce. And the happier your employees are, the better they will perform
  • Fewer accidents at work – when things are done right there is less chance of injury
  • Reduced insurance claims for injury and illness. And that means…
  • Reduced insurance premiums –  a positive health and safety culture can also the lower the premium you will pay
  • Improved productivity, quality and profitability
  • More satisfied clients and stakeholders.

So what does an effective health and safety culture look like? 

As a general rule of thumb, all health and safety cultures should incorporate the following: 

  • Management commitment
  • Visible management
  • Active employee participation
  • Open door policy for concerns to be raise
  • Consistent and high-quality communication between all personnel

Developing a positive health and safety culture

Developing a positive health and safety culture, or improving the safety culture within your company, requires:

  • Communication – ensure all health and safety information is easily accessible by everyone in the organisation. Keep everyone up to date on any changes to policy and procedure, and request feedback. 
  • Training – You are legally required to provide your employees with the necessary health and safety training. Make sure they have the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their job safely. 
  • Commitment – Ensure everyone in your company is committed to following the health and safety policies and procedures. This means making sure managers take all concerns seriously, and staff feel confident reporting any issues. 

Whatever industry you work in, health and safety should be taken extremely seriously. Having a prominent health and safety culture is important for all aspects of your business.

If you need support developing a health and safety culture that reflects your business needs, please get in touch with a member of our team today. We are always on hand to offer the very best help, support and advice.