Safety culture determines how we make decisions, feel, and think; and most importantly, how we act. A safety culture is composed of both visible and invisible components. Policies that employ the proper use of safety rules, and include maintaining safety statistics and conducting safety meetings, are what make up the visible safety culture. This represents only a small percentage of how we conduct ourselves.
The invisible culture that exists in our industry makes up the majority of the individual’s behavior and consists of norms and basic assumptions we all have about safety. These are the assumed rules or beliefs everyone follows without question. When employees fail to follow established rules or procedures, they are following the invisible culture, or unwritten rules, that undermine policy but are reinforced by the norms of peer groups.
At Syblon Reid, we recognize that a strong Safety Culture cannot be taken for granted. Our entire management team and supervisory staff are constantly vigilant to ensure each and every employee understands that, not only do we care about their safety and well-being, we also all need to act in a way that promotes safety as our highest priority; by closing the gap between visible and invisible safety culture. An active Safety Committee, representing all levels of employees, is a key component of Syblon Reid’s Safety Program.