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This booklet is designed to help management,
safety professionals, and hourly craft workers
learn more about important leading safety
indicators and ideas for strengthening jobsite
safety climate. The booklet includes a worksheet
for each of the following indicators:
1. Demonstrating management commitment; 2. Aligning and integrating safety as a value;
3. Ensuring accountability at all levels; 4. Improving site safety leadership; 5. Empowering and involving workers; 6. Improving communication; 7. Training at all levels; and 8. Encouraging owner/client involvement
Owners are uniquely positioned to promote safety as an organizational value. They have the authority to develop and issue project policies, shape bidding practices, and ultimately approve budgets – all of which, if done with a focus on safety, can drive a strong project safety climate.
All employees need to know and understand where and how they fit into the safety culture and climate. The best way to ensure this happens is to provide ongoing, effective training tailored to the specific roles and responsibilities at each level of the organization. Training should be provided by qualified trainers using adult learning principles; including active and interactive learning techniques.
Clear and consistent communication about the importance of safety and its alignment with production and other organizational goals and objectives is at the core of all other factors. How an organization formally and informally communicates about safety issues through words and actions can have a significant impact on the jobsite safety climate. Effective safety-related communication can create a strong positive climate, while ineffective or poor communications
can stifle it.
Involving workers in safety-related planning and decision making and empowering them to speak up when they identify hazards will help bridge the communication gap between workers and management, build mutual trust, and promote a shared belief that a positive safety climate is integral to getting
the job done.
Supervisors have the authority and ability to make changes and correct hazards on the jobsite. Therefore, how they lead, act as role models, and communicate are probably the most important factors in determining the degree to which a strong positive project safety climate is achieved.
Everyone involved in a construction project should be held accountable for safety, including owners, management, safety personnel, supervisors, and workers.
For an organization to develop and maintain an effective and stable safety climate, management and owners need to align and integrate safety throughout its activities to ensure that safety is not treated as less important than any other function of business practices. This is done by embedding and integrating
safety-related language and responsibilities into policies and procedures, including performance evaluations, and clearly and consistently communicating
safety as an expectation.
In construction, management commitment to keeping workers safe (demonstrated through both words and actions) is critical for establishing and maintaining a positive safety climate. Just saying “safety is #1”does not automatically translate into a positive safety climate. In fact, just saying it can have the opposite effect. There are many ways management can demonstrate its commitment to jobsite safety. Which of the following best describes your company?
To successfully complete this module, you must study the text and master the following objectives:
1. List the steps that effective leaders use to develop safe and effective operational plans.
2. List the three elements of the SPE (Severity, Probability, and Exposure) risk assessment model and state what it is used to evaluate.
3. List the six elements of the GAR (Green, Amber, Red) risk assessment model.
4. List the steps of the risk management process.
Introduce one of 31 tools mentioned in ISO 31010 for risk assessment.
5.List the Strengths/Weaknesses of Consequence/Probability Matrices
Explain the use and benefits derived from hazard risk matrix.
Cite how the hazard risk matrix can be used for this purpose since
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