Workplace safety is a job that never gets done and is not just the responsibility of your environmental, health and safety team. Instead, your organization should strive to build a workplace safety culture that everyone is responsible for.

Safety culture is a fundamental set of beliefs and behaviors that a company upholds about workplace safety. When a company prioritizes safety above all else, it can be said to have a strong and positive safety culture. A workplace safety culture requires buy-in from everyone at your company, from the newest hire to the CEO and board members. When security is ingrained in your company culture, all your employees will see it as a standard, not a formality.

A strong workplace safety culture means your employees are empowered to flag safety risks and report unsafe conditions, as well as being much more productive in their daily tasks thanks to increased trust in their colleagues and processes.