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Moving from Safety Compliance to Safety Excellence

Jan 26, 2018

A safety-driven organizational culture can transform an entire company.


A safety-driven organizational culture can transform an entire company. How do great organizations reach safety excellence? Paul O’Neill, former CEO of Alcoa, famously focused on worker safety and achieved astonishing success, both in the realm of injury reduction and corporate financial performance. Forward-thinking organizations make the journey beyond basic compliance into a well-executed safety management system that enables workers to engage and make the workplace better. Safety is team-driven and it is necessary to engage an organization’s most valued asset, its workers.

Safety compliance is necessary and does prevent some occupational injuries and illnesses, but command and control compliance doesn’t equate to safety excellence. Even the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognized that compliance is not enough to provide a safe and healthy workplace, as they created the “Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines,” in 1989, which addresses:

  • Leadership
  • Worker participation
  • Hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Planning and evaluation
  • Training

The goal of ZERO is to prevent harm through enabling workers to communicate around safety, identify hazards, and assess risks. Additionally, the "Library" in ZERO enables an organization to continuously learn by sharing best practices and lessons learned, and uploading safety policies and procedures for the whole organization to access on-demand. ZERO helps organizations manage safety and health effectively by providing pathways to performance improvement through worker engagement and continuous learning. 

Safety professionals can’t be everywhere that an organization works, so ZERO provides real-time safety communication and data including hazard identification and risk assessment that can be easily tracked and analyzed. Safety leadership requires transparency, trust and collaboration. Start your journey to safety excellence with ZERO.

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