May 20, 2011

KBAM– know about the Safety Culture

Reading about the Health and safety over the last few days I've realised that a good organisation will create effective policies and strategies that exhibit best health and safety practices. But to be an excellence organsiation, every organsiation must cultivate the safety culture. Safety culture is the sub unit of the organsiation culture that is applicable to every aspect of businesses. Unlike previous thinking where safety departments had to be created and safety was the responsibility of the few people existing in the organsiations, safety culture has to be embedded in the very roots of the organisation. It impact all people, their behvaiour, situations and actions. Everything that can directly or indirectly affect the health and safety must be addressed. By doing this, it will be able to become an integral part of the organsiation just like the continuous improvement culutre. Also,by doing so a company will not only be able to reduce accidents and damanges but also intiate a culture where all organsiational people hold themselves accountable for health and safety. I think rather than having polcies or strategies that reduce accidents one must create an environment where people are not able to commit mistakes. Prevention is always better than cure.

Moreover, safety culture was an aspect I was completely unaware of. Its interesting to find so many models and definitions that exists in literature. Infact Im extremely happy to see that some concepts have emerged. Infact, this topic specifically came under limelight after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Growing number industries are now looking at cultivating and strengthening a culture. I think health and safety in an organisation is of prime importance. Poeple need to feel taken care of, respected and loved. Such culture will create an excellence organsiation where there is mutual respect for co workers and respect for every life. Rather than seing it as a seperate part of the organsiation, it must be reflected across all departments and at all levels. We are all responsible for creating a safe working environement.

Moreover, safety is not only an issue in the organisation but everywhere. Infact, universities, school, colleges..all should intitiate such culture. Many people tend to overlook this concept and take safety for granted. For example, when the fire alarm rings in our building, we take our own sweet time. This is wrong. Clearly, we all are casual about our own lives. We cross roads without paying attention, eat medecines without checking expiry, touch electrical equipement without having the knowledge about it, drink irresponsibly, etc. etc. Life is a precious thing gifted by god, in any form. Everyone should be thankful for their lives and we should consider it an invaluable gift. We are responsible for our own life!! We need to become more responsible human beings. We need to care, love and respect not only ourselves but each other. Do not take anything for granted. Just take a look at the beautiful world that exists outside and lets make it a better and a safer place to live in.

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  1. Aditi i strongly agree with you about H&S issues. . . . I think that it is time to see H&S in the concept of the whole world….... May this can be translated as CSR ….......... Protecting people is essential . In the same way protecting the extention our body’s which is the environemnt is essential as well…........

    PS: I thought that my life was a gift derived from the close relatioship of my father and mother…..... :P If you believe that life was given by the God this assumes (i think religions think the same) that only the God can take our life. . . . So if i want to suicide i do not have the right.. . . So i am not responsible for my life….......... Contrasts in the religions i love that game…........... :D

    20 May 2011, 12:35

  2. Although i agree with Aditi, as i was reading regarding the safety cultures aswell, i think it has now become one of the most important aspects of managing any business or an organisation. In essence the competition between the organisation is growing so rapidly that the companies can now compete of excel there competition if they explore and exploit there core competencies.
    But i do not agree with Evangelos. Firstly if u believe in God it does not mean only He can take ur life. The reason why i say this is becuz with every human being is given a brain along with a life to live. And it is the brain that makes us responsible for our own life. Basically what i trying to say is that u cannot shoot ur self and say oh God took my life.

    20 May 2011, 23:56

  3. I think you got me wrong…........ I say that if i want to do that, am i allowed to or i will be punished????? never mind out of the topic…......... Face to face philosophical conversations :P…..........

    20 May 2011, 23:59

  4. hahaha.. R u actually planning to suicide? hahaha.. Yeah i think we ll have a face to face discussion.

    21 May 2011, 00:02

  5. Nope i am not planning to….......... It is just thoughts…............. It is one great movie on that topic by the way with the real God :P “Al Pacino”.... I think it is called you do not know jack….............:)

    21 May 2011, 00:05

  6. sorry Vagelis, I didnt realise my replies were going to your email directly instead of being here.. apologies
    As I said before.. We are responsible for our lives Vagelis, its a gift that should be well taken care of. As for death, its inevitable. We have control over our lives but not our death. Suicide is wrong in all aspects. suicides are special cause.. if you’d like to take it this… We should live life responsibly and death is something we can do nothing about. Suicide again is a special cause here…

    And I think anyone who commits suicide for whatever reasons has disrespected his gifted life.. I think loosing his/her life is a punishment by itself..

    21 May 2011, 02:57

  7. Aditi see the movie and we will discuss it after…........... Somitimes suicide is totaly respectful…...........

    21 May 2011, 10:21

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