Zero Injury Campaigns and a Culture of Fear:


This is a great article from OH&S magazine that talks about the trend of moving away from the zero injury themed safety campaigns. It goes without saying that every business owner wants their employees home and safe at the end of each and every work day.  But incenting employees for declining Loss Time Claims (LTC) is a slippery slope that can lead to a culture of fear and underreporting.


The new thinking is that we would be better off focusing on the means rather than the end. That is, focus on the process of safe behavior rather than the goal of zero injuries. The shift is to a culture of safety where employees’ attitudes about safety cause them to behave in a safe manner because they believe it is the right thing to do not because somebody is watching.  Moving the needle doesn’t need to be a daunting task.  Focus on the initiatives and processes already in place, engage your employees on those topics regularly, promote self-awareness and reward them for engagement and safe behavior.   This will help foster a culture of safety where employees are intrinsically responsible for safety and that will ultimately lead to declining LTC rates and a level six safety culture.