Culture

Developing a good workplace safety culture is a critical part of implementing workplace health and safety. A workplace safety culture needs to be an intrinsic part of how an organisation operates and part of the culture of each individual organisation: it is not a separate ‘add-on’. It is not a short term fix, but a longer term commitment. Organisations which fail to create a safety-focused workplace culture will find it difficult to meet legislative requirements because all levels of management and employees need to be working together for a culture of safety to exist and to have subsequent workplace effects. The workplace safety culture can be identified within a business by specific indicators, including attitudes and behaviours of employees and management, the workplace environment, implementation of systems of work, and the type of work health and safety discussions and consultation across the business at all levels.

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