Eight Principles of a Safe Workplace

Safe Workplace

Tips and tricks to create Safe Workplace:

1. Safety is an Ethical Responsibility

First of all, ethics support a positive vision to show what is right and what is good. It defines what is “worth” follow as guidance for our decisions and actions. Workplace injuries and accidents are too often seen in the abstract as statistics. It is our ethical responsibility to protect employees from death, injury, and illness in the workplace. This is the only foundation upon which a true safety culture can be established in any workplace.


2. Safety is a Culture Not a Program
The combined commitment and participation of the entire organization is necessary to create and maintain an effective safety culture. Every person in the organization, from the management to all employee, are responsible and accountable for preventing injuries.


3. Management is Responsible
Management’s responsibility is to lead the safety effort in a sustained and consistent way. And to establishing safety goals, demanding accountability for safety performance. Also to provide the resources necessary for a safe workplace. Managing safety is the responsibility of every supervisor, from the first line supervisor to the Chairman of the Board.


4. Employees Must Be Trained to Work Safely
Awareness of safety does not come naturally; we all need to be trained to work safely. Effective training programs both teach and motivate employees to be a productive part of the safety culture.


5. Safety is a Condition of Employment
The employer must exhaust every reasonable means to lead, motivate, train, and provision employees to maintain a safe workplace. But, if the employee refuses to take the actions required, the employer must utilize a system of progressive discipline. Because it’s enforced safety requirements and ensure the cooperation of the employee. Or the removal of the employee from the workplace in order to protect the employee and their co-workers.


6. All Injuries Are Preventable
Sometimes accidents occur without the apparent indication of fault or blame. But there is always some cases that occurred leading up to the accident. The fundamental belief that injuries are, by their nature, preventable is a catalyst that encourages us to prevent injuries.


7. Safety Programs Must Be Specific with Recurring Audits

The purpose of the workplace audit is to discover and remedy the actual hazards of the site before they can harm workers. It can be done through recurring hazard analyses, comprehensive inspections, and aggressive investigation of accidents or near misses. Also by discovering potential workplace hazards and identify weaknesses in safety plans, programs, policies, and procedures. Safety regulations and generic safety programs are not sufficient means to discover hazards because they are not specific to the individual workplace. A safety audit program is site specific. Whenever a safety deficiency is found, We should take immediate action to overcome the hazard and to reinforce the message of safety.


8. Safety is Good Business
Hence reducing workplace injuries and illnesses reduce the costs of workers’ compensation, medical expenses, potential government fines. Effective workplace safety is not an expense, its an asset.


Finally, a properly managed safety culture based on these Eight Principles of Workplace Safety will produce employees who participate actively in training. Also to identify and alert each other and management to potential hazards. Also feel a responsibility for their safety and the safety of others. Accepting safety as an ethical responsibility demonstrates a concern for each employee. In addition, establishes the foundation for an effective safety culture.