Certainly, emphasis on health and safety drives better employee welfare. We share in-depth insights on safety perception surveys to heighten safety parameters at your organization in our recent whitepaper – Safety Perception Surveys to Implement an Enterprise-Wide Safety Culture.
This blog is an excerpt from this whitepaper.
One way to involve employees in assessing the effectiveness of safety programs in the organization is by conducting a Safety Perception Survey.
A well-designed survey can help with evaluating, benchmarking, and catalyzing the safety performance of your enterprise as perceived by your employees. It can help implement a proactive approach to safety, thereby minimizing risks and the consequent costs associated with an incident.
Though the business may conduct periodic safety audits and inspections and have a safety management system in place, surveys can reveal critical safety improvement information not spotted by any of these other methods.
Incident analysis may provide insights into what went wrong but not indicate what can go wrong in the future. Audits may unearth some potential risks but not some of the softer aspects that can also have an impact on making the workplace safe. These include factors such as:
- Management involvement
- Employee satisfaction
- Work-life balance
These factors too impact safety in subtler ways such as:
Impact of Management Commitment: This includes management’s involvement in driving a safety-first culture. Merely creating policies is not enough, it needs to be driven from the top to demonstrate employer commitment to workplace safety and leadership by example.
Empower Employees to Express Freely: Fear of retribution and being penalized for pointing out lapses can make employees hold back vital information. A survey provides employees to provide feedback with anonymity, letting them express their observations more openly, thereby providing additional insights that could go a long way in improving the safety culture.
Quantification of Safety Factors: Using statistical tools, the responses can be quantified for greater accuracy as well as help prioritize areas of improvement.
Identify Perception Gaps: Wherever there is a perception gap between workers, supervisory, and management, it shows an area of misalignment and the need for better communication and improvement. Surveys can also be useful when the organization is planning to implement changes. But it certainly need not be restricted to this.
To learn more about safety perception survey and how CQ can help you enhance Safety Parameters
Here’s what a CQ customer had to say,
We were in the search for a safety portal that would be user friendly for the end users out in the field. That is exactly what we received. With the system being part of Salesforce, it allows us to have one database capturing all of our project details. The best part is that it is mobile friendly. Our workers are able to walk out on the construction site, and take photos, and document items like safety walks right from their phone. I have to give this system a 5-star rating.
– Barbara LaBarge, Global Safety & Quality Director, Fluence Energy
Find out more about the importance of a safety perception survey in your organization with this whitepaper- Safety Perception Surveys to Implement an Enterprise-Wide Safety Culture.