Q & A: Safety Attitudes & Safety Engagement
Question: “What should you do when a company's safety attitude is negatively impacting your morale?”
Answer: Love the question. You have two options…
- Try and change the culture around safety. It may sound impossible, but if you don’t try, who will? You might find colleagues who feel as you do and that building a coalition for inter-organizational change isn’t as hard you might be thinking now. First step would be to gather information about safety attitudes. If you’re interested, we have a Safety Engagement Survey that’s perfect for this. It’s online, takes 5 minutes, and works on mobile devices.
- Start some conversations with the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) team where you work. See what’s possible. Ask them how you can help. Find out what they are working on. These folks are best equipped to take action. Unfortunately, they are often an under-resourced group of employees.
- 27% of OSHA inspections result from employee complaints. You have important rights as an employee—the right to a workplace free from recognized hazards and freedom from retaliation/employment discrimination related to the expression of your occupational health and safety concerns:
Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) (1970) [29 U.S.C. § 660(c)]. Protects employees from retaliation for exercising a variety of rights guaranteed under the Act, such as filing a S&H complaint with OSHA or their employers, participating in an inspection, etc. 29 CFR 1977
My advice? Be the change you want to see in your organization. Not only will you be happier for taking meaningful action, you’ll be making an important difference for others.