HSE performance begins and ends with each individual’s awareness and attitude toward
maintaining an incident-free environment.
A successful HSE awareness program reminds employees to work safe and use proper procedures
for all tasks. To achieve the greatest impact, the awareness program must be specific to activities
in the workplace, and it must be consistent day to day. However, the program and its messages
must have enough variety so they do not become routine or mundane.
The HSE committee is one method to engage employees and management in supporting first-line supervision in identifying and correcting unsafe conditions, coordinating the facility HSE process, and promoting HSE awareness in the facility with the objective of incident prevention.
The objectives of the HSE committee are to:
- Act in an advisory capacity.
- Cultivate an active interest in HSE issues and assist in reducing work injuries, workrelated illnesses, and hazards.
- Consider measures for the training and education in, and promotion of, HSE management and make recommendations in relation to those measures.
- Propose and review the project-specific procedures relating to HSE that are to be carried out or complied with at the workplace.
- Review the circumstances surrounding recent work injuries and work-related illnesses and incidents at the workplace concerned and make recommendations to office/facility management.
- Propose programs aimed at raising and maintaining interest in the workplace HSE program.
- Maintain records of meetings including any recommendations made.
Creating and sustaining a safe working environment is a collaborative effort that involves employees at all levels of the company. A critical component of this effort is effective HSE communication. HSE education and knowledge rely on open communication that involves not only giving our employees information but also listening to what they have to say. Conduct Safety Perception Surveys to gauge the success of your HSE program and act on your findings.
The Pre-Task Analysis process is a vital part of sustaining HSE awareness and employee involvement. The process includes:
- Pre-task planning
- Hazard identification and correction
- Supervisor and employee accountability
There are many ways to keep employees involved with your HSE program. Make it personal, and make it relatable.
In order to foster a continual HSE culture and mindset in employees, projects may consider addressing hazards that employees might encounter outside the workplace.
Training, orientation, signage, posters, banners, and toolbox talks all promote HSE awareness.
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