The Impact Workplace Safety Programs Have on Company Culture

How strong employee workplace safety programs can increase the effectiveness of a company’s food safety and quality program.

By Heather Fairman, EAS Consulting Group

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  • Strong Awareness: Get edified and develop strong awareness through gathering credible and accurate information from the available government resources (mentioned earlier in the article), or from your Liability Insurer. After so doing, consider hiring an experienced safety expert or specialist, or a qualified consulting firm to perform what is known as a Gap Analysis and Evaluation of the work environment and the employee training records.
  • Forthright Communication:  Just as brand loyalty and trust is built with consumers through a consistently safe and quality product, so must trust be fostered between the employees and management through forthright exchange of communication.  The success of such relationships occur when unsafe situations or “near-miss” problems (i.e. an accident that can be prevented) are identified, shared and corrected through joint effort.  To quote the saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” adds great value to the strength of a company’s safety program and environment.  Also, an important factor is the establishment and functioning of diverse employee safety committees which demonstrates a willingness to work together and listen respectfully to ideas for betterment of the work environment.
  • Effective Training: No strong employee workplace safety program is without effective training supported by strong management ‘buy-in’.  Having the right trainers, right information and right approach toward educating employees at the level of their learning model (i.e. providing training that is not difficult to understand but rather easy to grasp) and with helpful visual learning and assessment tools is vital. If there are non-English speaking employees amongst the workforce this must also be taken into account by providing suitable and reasonable translations.  You may find that the OSHA site or state office4 may provide free literature in multiple languages, or you could contact a qualified consulting firm like EAS that can assist with providing the appropriate information.

Companies that are intentional about applying the SAFCET© approach are more likely to create improved occupational safety and enhanced employee morale, and overall job satisfaction which as a result can be transferred to a parallel commitment to strong cGMP and food safety program awareness and practices throughout all operational processes.  In essence, happy, healthy and safe employees make for a productive workforce.

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