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New Year’s Resolution for 2016: Ditch the Safety Culture…… Huh?

First, I want to wish IMG_20150901_093203you a Happy New Year!  I trust you had a joyous time with your family over the holidays.  That’s what it’s all about!

So, with the New Year come resolutions.  Is continuing to build a “Safety Culture” still at the top of your list?  I’m here to say, ditch it.  However, I don’t mean to imply that a safety culture is not important.  The intent is to suggest there is a better, more encompassing approach to maintaining a positive workplace culture where employees are Safely Working.

A Safety Culture or as we call it, a Safely Working Environment cannot achieve success if it is created in isolation from the rest of an organization.  A Safely Working Environment is the product or reflection of how an organization does everything, not just safety.  So, everyone in an organization should be contributing to a culture that supports all efforts that make an enterprise successful including values, wellness, health, leadership, quality and safety.

In keeping with our intent to provide simple, effective guidance The Safely Working Project offers 6 fundamental guidelines for an organization as a starting point.

  1. Be a learning organization.
  2. “How” is more important than “why ” in safety.
  3. Remember, no one comes to work to get hurt.
  4. Always keep it simple and sensible.
  5. Safely Working is a Value.
  6. Safe 6 is the one rule to rule them all.

Consider each carefully.  Don’t take them at face value.  Each has its own role in building and maintaining your positive workplace culture.

If “Safety Culture” has its own line item in your Safety/EHS Department budget, remove it.  Creating a positive workplace culture should be part of an organization’s job description.

Best wishes from all of us at The Safely Working Project!  Have a prosperous, positive and successful 2016.


©2016 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” and “Safely Working” are registered trademarks of Trailmarker Ltd.

The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”