Occupational Health and Safety Management
It is every employee’s right and fair expectation that he or she is safe in the workplace (often stated to be that he/she gets to go home in the same condition that he or she came to work in the first place) and it is the leaders’ job to consequently play their full role in ensuring that this happens. But while this sentiment is widely accepted in theory it is less consistently accepted in practice and this often comes down to the individual leader’s attitude to safety or occupational health. In other words, it is critical that leaders have the right personal approach to safety so that they can positively influence others. All leaders therefore need sufficient knowledge about safety (and what it takes to bring it about) in order to feel comfortable and have some idea about how to behave in relation to safe work practices. For this reason a safety framework is a very useful way to give leaders much of what they initially need.
The “safety effectiveness assessment” (see link below) distills some key themes or broad categories, from which most good safety interventions will come to a greater or lesser extent. In total, eight competency categories are identified, and these are as follows:
- Risk/Prevention Strategies
- Workplace Ergonomics
- Personal and Occupational Health
- Safety Control Effectiveness
- Environmental Health & Hygiene
- Training and Awareness
- Levels of Pressure/Stress
- Safety Systems and Administration
This online and paper-based safety assessment gives individuals the opportunity to not only carry out a self-assessment (which provides scores and interpretive information in all eight of the above categories) but also allows people to undertake the safety assessment as 180-degree feedback (including his or her boss) and even 360-degree feedback (adding in up to ten colleagues as well). Individuals end up with a personalized report of results which also then shows where efforts to improve or make small adjustments in approach may be focused in the future. The $20 spent on this assessment is therefore well-worth the investment.