Every October is National Safe Work Month – a time for Australian workplaces to promote work health and safety. Recently, COVID has significantly enhanced the spotlight on safety in the workplace but for many businesses, safety has always been the focus.
For Alliance SI, safety is a part of our culture and working safely has shaped the way we do business. We believe it is important to prevent accidents before they begin. This means we spend time identifying potential risks and putting measures into place to ensure they don’t become a hazard. It is this proactive attitude that underpins our approach to occupational health and safety (OH&S).
It is vital for our team to feel safe in every workplace they visit. For us, an inclusive safety culture is both physical and psychological. Many organisations focus on the physical environment but equally important is a blame-free culture where people know that it is safe to challenge or question. Research tells us that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common – psychological safety, or the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. This ethos is especially important to our work environment and our management style.
Our recent certification to ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health & Safety) is a recognition of our genuine commitment to safety in the workplace. While we acknowledge this achievement and recognise everyone’s efforts to reach this high standard, we understand that maintaining and exceeding these standards every single day is paramount to ensuring the safety of everyone in the Alliance SI team.
We can all agree that one incident in the workplace is one too many – and so we continue to look for opportunities or new technologies to support our objective of thinking safe, working safe. This month we are talking to several employees to get their thoughts on safety in the workplace and what constitutes a safety-first culture. We look forward to sharing their insights with you at the end of the month. Until then – think safe, work safe, be safe!