In today’s modern workplace, most safety professionals have a limited amount of time and resources. We tend to prioritize things that seem urgent and important and end up neglecting the things that are important, but not urgent. These things include developing and modifying strategy, preparation, planning, clarifying guidelines, and defining expectations. When we focus on the urgent at the expense of the important, we tend to neglect the things that can make the greatest difference. When critical safety success efforts get knocked down on your priority list, it can create some negative side effects, such as distrust in leadership, misguided safety programs, and employee frustration.
Lack of Trust in Leadership
Distrust in leadership can occur when there is a lack of standards and priorities. With no defined procedures in place, safety efforts will have little or no positive results. This can lead to employees reacting to dangerous situations instead of planning for them. Instead of waiting for an accident to occur to fix a problem, have a plan in place to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Misguided Safety Programs
“Checking the box” on safety standards is not a plan. Pushing updated safety procedures on top of old programs can make workers feel overloaded and confused. Unfocused safety efforts are ineffective usually end up being a waste of time and effort. EHS Management has developed a proven process to ensure your company is following all of the necessary EHS rules and regulations.
The effectiveness of your safety culture can make or break employee morale. An employee injury due to lack of safety management is felt by the entire team. They can get frustrated, discouraged, or even quit because they feel safety is either a lost cause or something in which they have little or no control. To combat this, EHS can provide a comprehensive evaluation of current safety programs in place. This analysis defines deficiencies and prioritizes any required corrective actions.
A true leader in safety understands that although taking care of urgent matters is important, a lack of consistency in safety procedures, guidelines and expectations is not only dangerous but can be deadly. Analyzing data and developing priorities is an important matter that takes time. That’s where EHS Management can help. Contact us to find out how we can help you manage safety reactively, rather than proactively.