My definition of a Safety Culture is one where everything possible is done to provide for the physical and mental well-being of yourself and your coworkers. A strong Safety Culture is a culture of forethought where emphasis is placed on preventing incidents and injury ahead of time. The key to building a strong Safety Culture is rooted in the belief that everyone is responsible for safety and not just their own but also that of those around them. This responsibility falls to every member of the team, from the newest apprentice to the most experienced foreman.
I believe that Safety Culture is a culture of accountability and that knowledge is power. This is why we place so much emphasis on Safery Training. It is vital that every member of the team understands the inherent risks involved with our type of work and that each person is empowered to take all necessary steps to keep themselves and their teammates safe at every turn.
My vision of the ideal Safety Culture is one in which all workers elevate safety to the highest level of priority, eagerly participate in all trainings and internalize the important content contained in each one, put the principles into action themselves and never hesitate to call out a coworker if they are not doing the same.