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Safety is Not Just a Slogan, It’s a Culture

Dec 23, 2020 | Landfill Safety

Safety is not just a slogan, it’s a culture. It represents a shared intent and shared values within a team and operation. It says “this is the way we do things around here.” A safety culture begins in action and planning, but to be effective, you need buy-in from your team and from your upper management. We once knew a landfill manager who put his money where his mouth was. He promised that if anyone on his crew caught him driving without a seatbelt, that person would get $100 out of his own personal wallet.

That example is not to suggest you should start giving out $100 bills, but it is to show a level of commitment that is crucial to maintaining a safety culture. Your team has to know you mean business, and they have to see that everyone faces consequences for not being safe.  Lead by example and you will be on the road to a safer culture within your site. Check out the video below to learn more!

    Do you recognize areas where you could improve your site’s safety culture? Contact us today to get started! 

    Author Bio: Kasem Cornelius, Operations Consultant 2, 10+ years’ experience solid waste recycling industry, safety documentation and training, standard operating procedures (SOPs)  

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