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.