Five Steps for Creating an Injury-Free Culture

Creating an injury-free culture is about having the right mindset. It’s the mindset that is never comfortable with budgeting for fatalities, that is committed to achieving zero exposures, and always believes that everyone should—and can—go home healthy and unharmed. Organizations serious about safety performance know that an injury-free culture is more than just a nice idea. It is the sustained practice embedding safety into the organization’s DNA.
This article presents five steps that characterize the progression toward injury-free performance. We cover:
  • Ways to overcome barriers to achieving zero injuries
  • How to frame the concept of "injury-free" so that it’s practical and meaningful on the shop floor
  • The importance of expanding your metrics beyond typical measure
  • Keys to keeping people engaged and motivated around safety