The beginning of a new year is often when people take stock of their lives and decide what aspects of it need improvement. Should they lose weight? Exercise more? Get a new job? Spend more time with family? (Listen to this recorded webinar for tips on how you can help workers keep these personal resolutions.)
January is also a good time for all professionals to take stock of their jobs and set workplace priorities for the rest of the year.
So we asked safety professionals what their top safety priority was for 2014. You said:
- Improve the overall safety culture (52%)
- Improve existing OHS program (25%)
- Prepare for GHS/coming changes to WHMIS (13%)
- Provide improved safety training (6%)
- Implement an OHS program (4%).
We asked the same question last year and interestingly, the top two responses were much closer and the reverse of this year’s results: 39% said improve their existing OHS program (39%) was top priority, while 36% said improve the overall safety culture (36%).
Regardless of your top priority, the OHS Insider can help you achieve your goals for 2014.
For example, we have many resources that can help you improve the safety culture in your workplace, including:
- 9 elements of a robust safety culture
- A safety culture questionnaire
- 7 keys to an effective safety culture
- ‘Transformational learning’ and safety culture
- A study that validates the importance of safety culture
- How your safety culture can impact your fine for an OHS offence
- How to use safety perception surveys to measure your workers’ view of the company’s safety culture.
For information and tools to help you implement or improve your OHS program, go to the index topic “OHS Programs.”
For those of you preparing for GHS, the WHMIS/GHS Compliance Centre will keep you up-to-date on the progress of the implementation of GHS in Canada and how it’ll impact your current WHMIS program and training.
You should also go to SafetySmart for online training and tools to reinforce training as well as help managing your safety program, such as safety talks and injury tracking forms.