To sustain an injury-free workplace is a goal that safety managers actively work to reach. A safe environment to work in can be attributed to having a safety leader with valuable leadership characteristics. For safety to be properly executed in the work environment, there must be a leader who has engaging power with his or her employee and have the intrinsic motivation for a safe workplace in order to effectively reach to employees. Some key characteristics include:
1. Always consider the perspective of each employee. Safety has a different meaning to each individual. The safety lead is going to handle safety differently than a frontline worker. A safety lead must take charge of the security of those that work underneath him or her. A frontline worker is in charge of his or her own safety. Find out what motivates employees to stay safe in the workplace to build a safety program.
2. Build Motivation. Once you find out what motivates your employees to stay safe in the workplace, build a program designed around their motivation. Find out what the best method is to motivate each individual employee. It could be in the form of safety meetings, forming a task – work group, or coaching employees on safety tips.
3. Actively Participate. It is crucial as a safety leader to sustain participation amongst employees. Keep an eye out for new ideas and tactics to have a continually safe workplace. A safety leader is highly effective when there is constant innovation with techniques involving safety.
[Via: Safety and Health]