Prioritising safety as a culture at work is a vital investment for an organisation to ensure safety at work and the continuity of operations are guaranteed.
This was highlighted by Head of HSE and Security at Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd Haji Osmera bin Haji Othman during his talk entitled ‘Safety Culture – A BSP Story: A Worthy Investment to Protect Our People’ during the Public Works Department’s (JKR) Safety and Health Week 2021 at the JKR headquarters in Jalan Airport Lama Berakas yesterday.
He shared some indicators of achieving a safety culture at work including prioritising safety above all else and working hand in hand to ensure employees’ wellbeing is taken care of.
He believed that a safety system that is continuously enhanced also indicates a sound safety culture, along with open communication between management and personnel, he added.
“The management plays a significant role in making safety demonstration the highest priority.
“Any safety issues or concern should be communicated freely without hesitation or fear of repercussion. It should be practised everywhere regardless of background, position and rank,” he said. He added that the management should take full responsibility when an accident happens in the workforce.
Safety procedures are crucial, he said, adding that everyone should work together in achieving safety goals.
By investing in safety, “it helps enhance health and wellbeing, that can in turn help generate more productivity and improve job performance”.
He believed that, injuries at work can be drastically reduced, and compensation claims will decrease, which may reduce worker absentees due to work-related accidents or illness.