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Worker/HSR – Leadership, health and safety culture

The word culture –from the farming concept of “cultivation” refers to the organisational forces that shape behaviours through mechanisms such as workplace norms, support, modeling, and communication. Strong cultures offer reliable consistent guidance about attitudes and behaviours.

There are a number of ways in which you as a worker can contribute to an effective health and safety culture. They are:

  • Understand your role in the workplace.
  • Constantly reinforce and influence safety behaviours in your workplace.
  • Tell your manager or HSR about hazards or other safety matters you are aware of. If it looks wrong or unsafe report it.
  • Work with management to identify safety problems and find solutions.
  • Take ownership of safety in your workplace.
  • Understand and adhere to internal incident reporting processes.

What makes workplace culture effective will vary depending on each organisation. Be aware of the systems, symbols and type of behaviour encouraged in your workplace, and communicated to you by your HSR and managers, and by you. What sort of behaviours do you encourage?

If we all lead by example, a culture of workplace health and safety will become a part of the way things are done in your workplace.
Make sure you adhere to safety policy and procedures when you perform your work. Be on the lookout for work colleagues and point out any work practices you think may be unsafe.

It is important that you make health and safety a part of your everyday work life. We all want to go home to our families.

Page last updated: 07 Mar 2014