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Establishing a safety culture at work

New Jersey workers know that safety is of paramount importance to avoid injury accidents. Knowing what constitutes safety culture in the workplace and how to implement it may help.

Following the disaster at Chernobyl, the importance of being well organized was highlighted as being vital to the safety and health of workers. It involves everyone in the workplace because each individual takes responsibility for and stays alert for safety issues that may need correcting. In other words, each individual takes responsibility for not only his or her own safety but for that of others.

According to the Department of Labor, a strong culture of health and safety comprises several facets. Having a positive attitude toward the workplace is important to ensure cooperation. Involvement by every individual may help maintain a high standard of safety within the workplace culture and avoid injuries that might be caused by potential dangers. Systems within the organization to ensure and maintain safety may include reporting of incidents and potential hazards and audits and investigations of potential problems. Good communication and feedback help to find issues and avoid workplace injuries.

When training is provided at every level in the organization and goals set for improvement that may be measured, relevant and reciprocal, it provides better safety for everyone. Guidelines and methods used for safety are also important because they may be useful as references if those methods and guidelines are not obscure and difficult for workers to interpret.

Even when all safety protocols are followed, however, workplace accidents can and do happen. A person who is injured as a result may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits and may want to have legal assistance when preparing and filing the required claim.

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