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Rewarding safety in your workplace: why and how

You will be aware of your obligation, under health and safety legislation, to provide a safe environment for your workers. You may be less familiar with the importance of recognising and rewarding your workers’ good safety performance.

By Michael Selinger

You will be aware of your obligation, under health and safety legislation, to provide a safe environment for your workers. You may be less familiar with the importance of recognising and rewarding your workers’ good safety performance.

With most states and territories currently inviting nominations for their 2014 safety awards, now is a great time to focus on this.

At this time of year, the safety awards promoted by the safety regulators are a good reminder of the importance of publicly recognising and rewarding good safety performance in any organisation.

There are a number of benefits to recognising good safety performance, including:

4 practical ways to recognise safety in your workplace

Recognising good safety performance involves the timely acknowledgement (formal or informal) of a behaviour or effort that supports your business’s safety goals and values.

Some practical ways to acknowledge safety in the workplace include:

It is important to monitor the effectiveness of any safety performance recognition program you put in place.

This is because the program should aim to maximise its impact on the business as a whole. A program should be clear, fair and applied consistently across all groups within the organisation.

Finally, if you have not already considered entering or nominating your workplace or a worker for a safety award, this is the time to do it.

Upcoming safety awards

Warm regards,

Michael Selinger
Editor-in-Chief
Health & Safety Handbook

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