Tips for promoting a safety culture
Here are some ways to help keep OHS awareness at the forefront in your workplace, particularly for young workers:
- Encourage other employees to support young workers by keeping an eye out for them.
- Make yourself available during young worker orientation or induction sessions.
- Demonstrate your commitment to health and safety with your own consistent, safe work practices, and emphasise that unsafe work practices are unacceptable.
- Make health and safety a part of all workplace communications.
- Personally encourage young workers to report health and safety issues that they may encounter, and to share ideas and suggestions.
- Respond to all health and safety concerns and act promptly.
- Promote and attend safety training sessions, and participate in any emergency response training.
- Use and wear protective equipment and safety gear as required and ensure adequate maintenance.
Implement a “buddy” system – pair up young workers with experienced, safety conscious employees who are good communicators and are likely to be good role models.
A buddy can:
- work alongside the young worker
- talk to the young worker about work and workplace issues
- reinforce important aspects of the job and workplace
- answer questions and pass on skills, knowledge and experience.
REMEMBER: a “buddy” does not replace the daily responsibility of the supervisor to provide young workers with information, supervision, training and help.