Occupational health, safety (OHS) professionals have cited safety as the number issue facing Australian organisations as they head into 2011.
In a survey of delegates at The Sydney Safety Show last month, more than 90 per cent of participants nominated the need to develop a safety culture through a people-based program as being of critical or high importance to their organisation
Just over 80 per cent cited the importance of highlighting to senior management the value of safety as a key business driver.
“However, it also offers much more. A safety culture contributes to operational and production efficiencies, better employee relations and a more motivated workforce.
“This is what we need to communicate to senior management. Safety has to stop being treated as a niche concern and instead must become an entrenched part of the organisation's processes and psyche.”