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Published: Fall, 2002; Vol 4, Num 1

 

HOW IS THE SAFETY CULTURE ON YOUR SITE?

Safety culture is the atmosphere on the jobsite with regard to safety. When safety concerns are raised, are they brushed aside or are they evaluated? Do workers fear of losing their jobs if they raise safety concerns? If workers don't believe their safety concerns will be appreciated, then both safety and morale will suffer. It is important to find out what the safety culture is like on your site.

One way to do that is to ask. Below are a few questions that might be asked in an anonymous format.

1. How often does the foreman support you when you bring up safety hazards or concerns? Circle one:
always
usually
sometimes
rarely
never

2. How often do you feel you are supported by your foreman if you take the time to work safely? Circle one:
always
usually
sometimes
rarely
never

3. What is you opinion on why accident/injury investigations are conducted? Circle one:
prevent future accidents
point fingers at those responsible
both

4. How helpful are the weekly toolbox talks? Circle one:
very helpful
sometimes or somewhat helpful
a waste of time

5. How does the company reward/punish safe/unsafe behavior? Circle one:
I am rewarded for safe behavior
I am punished for unsafe behavior
both
neither

6. Place the number of your choice in the blank: 1 = strongly disagree; 2 = disagree; 3 = neutral; 4 = agree; 5 = strongly agree.
A. _____ Hazards are reported but fixed.
B. _____ Correcting hazards takes too long.
C. _____ There are too many hazards and not enough staff to handle them.
D. _____ People are reluctant to report hazards.
E. _____ People report hazards they could fix themselves.
F. _____ People don't know what types of hazards to report.