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Effective Safety Leadership

Effective Safety Leadership

3 qualities and behaviours that effective leaders exhibit

The success of an organisation to achieve and maintain a safe, injury free workplace requires strong and effective leadership.

Leaders initiate and support strategies, establish and implement policies and processes, and essentially determine the culture of an organisation. All the systems, processes and strategies in the world won’t keep workers safe if leadership falls short.

So what does effective safety leadership look like?

The following are three important qualities and behaviours that strong leaders exhibit:

  • Lead by Example
    Good safety leaders walk the walk. They follow WHS protocols at all times, even when unobserved and set a precedent for other employees.
  • Observe, Anticipate, Plan
    They are proactive and anticipate potential risks BEFORE they occur, allowing for strategies to be identified, changes made and potential risks eliminated, to enhance safety outcomes.
  • Communicate and Collaborate
    Good leaders are approachable and promote open communication with regular meetings and a culture where workers at all levels can report identified safety issues or concerns.

The objective of all safety leaders is to create a safer, injury free workplace, with higher productivity and job satisfaction.

What qualities, behaviours or traits do you think are critical for safety leadership?

ASLS offers the Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) for safety leaders, practitioners, decision makers and workers responsible for coordinating and maintaining WHS programs.




1 Comment

  • Greg Jackson says:

    Good safety leaders walk the walk and talk the talk, that is what I did when I had positions in WHS

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