Safety isn’t just a matter of following a few rules or a checklist. It takes a culture of safety to keep patients, clients, visitors, coworkers, and others safe. The culture of a workplace is the way people do their work and interact with others on the job. A culture of safety means that everyone in the organization values health and well-being and uses those values to guide their daily work.
The culture of a workplace is the way people do their work and interact with others on the job.
Each person is an important part of the culture of safety. If managers set rules that employees don’t follow or if managers ignore feedback from employees, for example, that culture can break down. There may be more accidents, problems, or near-misses because safety is no longer a priority. People may take riskier shortcuts to save time, fail to notice errors, fail to respond to problems or fail to communicate important information to others. It’s up to everyone to do their part—your actions keep your coworkers safe, and your coworkers keep you safe.
Workers in BC have the right to refuse work if you believe that the job is unsafe for you or someone else. Your workplace can’t punish you for speaking up or refuse to pay you. The first step is to talk with your supervisor or manager about the problem. If your employer doesn’t fix the problem, you can notify WorkSafeBC. For more information, visit www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/create-manage/rights-responsibilities/refusing-unsafe-work.