Zero Harm – The Safety Swindle

By Joanna Weekes on April 1st, 2011
  1. Policies & Procedures
  2. Workplace Policies

Dear Reader,

Next week, the Safety in Action conference is on in Melbourne.

Andrew Douglas, Editor-in-Chief of the OH&S Handbook, will be speaking at the conference about the concept of Zero Harm as a safety slogan in Australian workplaces and what it actually means (or doesn’t mean).

Please click here to see a preview of what Andrew will be discussing at the conference.

The language of safety needs to be universal

While it is important to have a safety slogan or creed in your workplace, it is essential that the slogan has meaning to your employees, to the people who have to put the safety principles into action on the ground floor.

If your employees do not understand, believe or know how to action what you are saying about safety in your workplace, your safety management systems will become redundant and meaningless.

In his talk at the Safety in Action Conference, Andrew will discuss Zero Harm and explain that while we of course aim to eliminate any risk that may exist, it is unrealistic to make a statement saying that no person will ever be harmed.

Zero Harm, in reality, represents a desire for nobody to get hurt rather than a realistic goal

Unsure about how you can use a safety language that your employees understand?

Need help engaging your employees in the safety principles of your company?

Not sure how to go about creating transparency in how you lead in safety issues at work?

Pop over to the preview video of what Andrew Douglas will discuss at the Safety in Action conference and you will get a taste of how he can help you to work with your employees to create a safer and healthier workplace.

Thanks for reading…

Joanna Weekes

Joanna Weekes
OH&S Handbook

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