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Safety Matters: Communicate About Safety

Employers may think that their employees know how much they care about safety, but a 2016 safety perception survey by the National Safety Council tells a different story:

  • Only 52% of employees believed safety issues were prioritized relative to production.

  • Only 37% of employees believed there was safety training in new employee orientation.

  • Only 27% of employees believed that management cared about employee safety.

  • Only 11% of employees believed that management was sincere in safety efforts.

  • Only 10% believed that management was setting a positive example of safety.

Building a safety culture begins with proper communication. Effective communication always begins with a message. The message here is that safety is always a priority. That's the message you want transferred into the hearts and minds of all your employees on a daily basis. Keep your communication simple. One safety message at a time, directly stated, so that it is easily heard and understood. Failure to communicate safety information effectively can have serious negative consequences, including:

  • Consistent accidents, injuries, and illness

  • Lost workdays, reduced productivity, and delays

  • Risk taking by employees

  • Higher workers’ compensation and health insurance costs

  • Inability to bid on larger or government projects

  • Damage to materials, equipment, or your facility

  • Risks to community and environment (for example, in a release or improper disposal of hazardous chemicals)

Interested in learning more? Reach out to the SynchronyHR Risk Management team today!

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal counsel advice. For further information, please consult a risk management professional.


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