New guidance on safety culture.

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The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has published guidance on creating a positive health and safety culture.

The guidance provides employers with information on the importance of establishing a good safety culture to avoid accidents in the workplace and improve staff safety and health and wellbeing.

The guidance is built around six influences to establishing a good organisational culture set out by the Health and Safety Executive:

  • management commitment and style
  • employee involvement
  • training and competence
  • communication
  • compliance
  • organisational learning.

Robert Baughan, UNISON and member of HSWPG said: “If you share a commitment to workplace health and safety, and to ensuring that workers go home from work as fit and healthy as when they come in, any differences you have are easier to reconcile. Our members often work in challenging and difficult environments. However they all have a commitment to the health service, and to keeping their patients and their colleagues, safe and well. If they know that their managers are equally committed to keeping them safe and well, it not only creates a positive health and safety culture, it helps them deliver high quality care."

Phil Tanner Assistant Director at NHS Blood and Transplant, and member of HSWPG said: “I know from experience that following the safety culture guide will help healthcare organisations build a better culture, where accidents are avoided and everyone contributes to a safer working environment."

For more information take a look at the safety culture guidance.

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