Are You An Effective Safety Leader?

How can you tell?

Strong companies and organisations are built around strong leaders.
Not everyone can be a boss, but EVERYONE can be a leader.

How we each fill our role in the workplace contributes to the overall effectiveness of the business. No one is JUST a first aider or JUST a safety officer.

What is a safety leader?

A safety leader is different to a safety enforcer. An enforcer makes up rules and processes for their own sake. They use these rules under the disguise of safety to control those that work around them. They don’t care about better outcomes as long as the rules (their rules) are in force.

A safety leader is different. They focus on finding solutions. They cooperate with fellow workers and look out for their safety.

First and foremost a safety leader sets a good example. Their attitude and the way they talk show that safety is important to them. They also set the example in respecting the knowledge, skills and experience of their co-workers. They know what safety is all about.

Why should all this matter to you?

If a workplace only has safety enforcers, it can seem like it’s only about what we can’t do, that we have to slow down or do something the hard way JUST because it’s the rules! Safety becomes the roadblock that’s holding the company back.

The reality is that a safe workplace is a more productive workplace. Fewer accidents and near misses means less work time lost, fewer resources tied up in investigation and lower insurance overheads. This helps every worker, not just the bosses.

Safety leaders know this and reflect it in their attitude. Rather than a roadblock they see safety as a guide that gets the business moving more smoothly. They are loud and proud of the value their efforts add to the workplace.

How can you make this work in practice?

Of course real safety isn’t just about words. It’s about actions. To be a safety leader you need to act. Here are some ways you can become a safety leader.

  • Get involved in workplace safety – If your workplace has regular safety meetings, ask questions, offer to help with a demonstration or if you’re confident enough, offer to lead a meeting
  • Take charge of your responsibilities – You probably already have some areas of responsibility. If you’re a first aider, don’t just let someone else worry about the details of the kit. Take a look at your workplace first aid kit. Does it have the resources you need for the challenges you face? Then talk to the right person and get some things changed
  • Get new skills – Expand your skills. If you’re a first aider, could you take an advanced first aid course? What about safety training? There are many options available to increase your skills. If you need some ideas, call us on 1300 130 385 and we can help you find the training option that’s right for you.

These are just some of the things you can do. The important thing is that you get involved.


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