The way you lead your team on health and safety can determine how safe your site is to work on (and the number of accidents, incidents and ill-health cases that happen) because:

  •  your attitudes and beliefs about health and safety drive your behavior;
  • your behavior on site sends a powerful message to your workers about how seriously they should take health and safety;
  • the real causes of accidents on site can often be traced back to managers’ decisions.

See below top tips to become an effective health and safety leader:

Enhance improvement
  • How could current health and safety practices be improved?
  • Are there new ways to improve health and safety – eg by learning from accidents, incidents and ill-health?
  • Challenge your workers, by asking them ‘What can we do to solve the problem?’.
Create a vision
  • If you want to retain top talent, bring fresh ideas into the discussion or encourage people to speak up to stop an unsafe action.
  • Consult your workforce to identify and set clear health and safety goals.
  • Motivate them to create a ‘shared vision’ through those goals.
  • Involve them in planning and decision making.
  • Make sure everyone knows what they need to do.
Inspire workers to be healthy and safe
  • Make sure everyone has the skills, abilities and resources they need to do their jobs safely.
  • Plan enough time for work to be done in a healthy and safe way.
  • Share your expertise to help workers overcome barriers.
  • Develop mutual trust.
  • Reward workers who successfully work safely.
Build trust
  • Be honest with yourself. Do you set a good example to your workers?
  • Put health and safety first and behave in a healthy and safe way on site.
  • Promote safe work behavior and practices – encourage the attitude: ‘I do it because I want to, not because I have to’.
  • Be fair – trust and respect workers when making health and safety decisions.
Show consideration
  • Get to know workers and respect their opinions.
  • Treat each worker as an individual.
  • Show personal concern for their safety and well-being.
  • Treat others as you would expect to be treated yourself.
  • Develop a team spirit where health and safety come first and everyone looks out for one another.
Communicate regularly and effectively
  • True communication takes place in the presence of relationship and trust.
  • Update workers on developments and performance in health and safety and encourage feedback.
  • Be approachable and receptive to your workers’ ideas.
  • Respond to concerns immediately and discuss the actions you will take.

Process Engineering may support you on implementing an effective safety leadership by:

  • Management Consulting on methods to increase engagement and personnel’s participation.
  • Developing safety campaigns.
  • Creating communication tools.
  • Supporting on behavioral safety coaching techniques.


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