It’s Not a Safety “Culture” Unless the Office Side is Included

It’s Not a Safety “Culture” Unless the Office Side is IncludedAs I mentioned in the first article of this series, it’s all too common for the back-office of a plant or the corporate headquarters of a company to feel (or actually be!) exempted from involvement in the safety culture. Safety is reduced to something that is far away, or a hypothetical – “I’ll be mindful of safety when and if – and only when and if – I am compelled by a business reason to visit a plant or facility where safety matters.”

That might be slightly exaggerated, but not by much. True, office personnel don’t have the same opportunities for involvement in a safety culture as someone on the floor, but that doesn’t mean there should be no opportunities.

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Eric Svendsen
Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.