Fact #6: Without targets, there can be no measurable success
People often say that the journey is the reward. There might certainly be something in that. However, if you don’t define exactly where the journey is going, you risk simply standing still. Setting clear targets is, therefore, one of the most vital instruments when establishing a robust, resilient safety culture. To begin with, a company could aim to reduce the number of accidents by a given percentage. After that, the company can set more modern targets, like increasing incident reports, the number of safe behaviors or safety-related meetings.
Other potential targets include reducing psychological stress, improving ergonomic working, reducing noise exposure, optimizing occupational safety-related communication, achieving a more positive perception of occupational health and safety or increasing employee participation in safety processes.
Whatever targets a company sets for itself, adopting a systematic approach is essential: It enables the company to trace progress with vigor and, ultimately, achieve its targets. First, safety managers cast light on the relevant processes and record, document and analyze incidents that occur. Based on this data, the company can then formulate clear targets and derive appropriate measures. Once this process has been established as a fixed part of its safety culture, the company can take another step forward.