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9 ways to improve your organisation’s safety culture

With the start of National Safe Work Month today, now is probably a good time to review your organisation’s safety culture, which is an essential part of your safety performance.

With the start of National Safe Work Month today, now is probably a good time to review your organisation’s safety culture, which is an essential part of your safety performance.

Safety culture represents a workplace’s collective attitude and approach to health and safety.

The patterns of behaviour that are promoted through safety culture determine the level of proficiency and commitment to your health and safety program.

Depending on the safety maturity of your organisation, your business could be at different stages of a safety culture. The stages are:

How to conduct a gap analysis of safety culture in your organisation

To test your organisation’s level of safety culture maturity, you can undertake a gap analysis with the following steps:

Step 1: Identify where the business wants to go with safety. Does the business aspire to the best level of safety possible?

Step 2: Undertake a survey of your workers to assess their view of the safety culture at the organisation. An example survey can be found here.

Step 3: Identify any leadership or behavioural gaps from the survey, and compare it with where the business wants to go with safety.

Step 4: Identify how the gaps can be addressed, for example, through:

Step 5: Consider how changes can be implemented, communicated, understood and accepted by all workers. Set out a plan for change.

How to improve your safety culture

Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing a safety culture, an examination of the high-risk construction industry in Queensland led to a practical formulation of key steps that organisations should consider taking to improve their safety culture which include:

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