Safety Perception Surveys
Safety Perception Surveys are supposed to uncover the reality of how employees view safety at work and give management a better idea of how healthy the safety culture is. They do this by having employees take a short surveys which asks questions to determine your attitudes towards workplace safety.
This is an interesting method to discover and analyze the safety of a company. Though, I don’t know how many workers that actively disregard safety would be forthcoming about that on a workplace survey.
When Are They Effective?
There are definitely some areas of safety that some would consider “grey areas” and surveys could be useful in correcting these perceptions.
Safety surveys are not a bad thing. They can be extremely useful for some companies and should be considered as an option. Whether you make your own or buy a product, DuPont offers a safety survey, you should always consider the possibility for skewed results.
How to Best Judge a Company’s Safety
The most obvious and best way to tell if a company values safety is to look at their history.
Have their been many incidents?
When there were incidents how did they deal with them?
Have there been multiple recurring incidents?
A look at your safety history can reveal weak spots.
Be careful about passing blame for these incidents. Remember there could be a number of contributing factors to an incident and the best and first thing you should do is to make sure that you have done everything possible to protect your company and your employees from risk on your end.
You can’t always control what a worker will do but you can set up a lot of measures to protect unsafe practices from happening. If you’ve really thought through your work processes there should be no room for accidents. At that point, unsafe work practices were chosen intentionally.
Holding regular safety meetings not only shows that you value safety as a company but it creates a team mentality around safety.
This will allow room for employees to raise concerns and report near misses or incidents that they hadn’t previously.
The reaction of co-workers and management to an employee who raises a concern will often tell you a lot about the safety culture of that work environment. All concerns raised should be taken seriously and considered with respect.