At PowerLogic, we are always ‘harping’ on about the importance of organisation’s safety culture and how important this is in preventing electrical incidents. Organisations will be at all different stages in their safety culture evolution, from organisations that have a poor safety culture to those where safety is an integral part of doing business.
Some will still be in the stage where the ‘noise’ about production drowns out the ‘noise’ about safety. But surely the two are intertwined? Safe organisations will also be productive organisations.
The first priority in establishing a good safety culture will be leadership from the top of the organisation. Walking-the-talk is important for the board and the management/supervisory teams. However, changing the culture will involve moving from a dependency on ‘bosses’ to a teams approach and moving from a ‘blame’ culture to a learning culture. The days of looking for a ‘scapegoat’ should be long gone.
Expensive electrical solutions can be implemented to prevent electrical incidents but it is worth considering where your organisation is at from a safety culture perspective and then develop strategies to improve.