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12 ways to promote a positive safety culture in your workplace

A recent study by Safe Work Australia has highlighted the attitudes of Australian workers towards risk-taking and rule-breaking in particular industries.

The report indicates a laid-back attitude towards safety in some of the more high-risk industries, including construction, mining and transport.

By Joanna Weekes

A recent study by Safe Work Australia has highlighted the attitudes of Australian workers towards risk-taking and rule-breaking in particular industries.

The report indicates a laid-back attitude towards safety in some of the more high-risk industries, including construction, mining and transport.

Alarmingly, workers in the transport, postal and warehousing industry reported a need to regularly break safety rules in order to meet tight deadlines.

If you operate in a high-risk industry, ensure that you don’t set unrealistic deadlines that could place undue pressure on workers to forgo health and safety rules.

Many also revealed they felt pressure from managers and co-workers to break or ignore safety rules. This indicates a negative safety culture in many high-risk industries, where workers are encouraged or expected to break rules in order to complete tasks on time.

12 ways to promote a positive safety culture

Take these steps to promote a positive safety culture in your workplace:

Until next time,
Joanna Weekes
Editor
Health & Safety Bulletin

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