THE SAFETY RIPPLE EFFECT
Increased safety is an important goal in and of itself, but instilling a sound safety culture will have a significant ripple effect in other areas. As mentioned above, fewer safety-related disruptions mean greater efficiency in production. Establishing real-time interactive communications with workers builds trust and morale in the workforce because people can see that the company is committed to safety issues. The use of advanced technology in communications can also enhance employee engagement, especially among millennials. And it can provide a network that enables the company to respond more quickly to operational problems in general—helping to make manufacturing more efficient and agile.
Ultimately, safety is a vital ingredient in the formula for high performance in the chemical industry—and effective safety programs depend on having the right culture. Chemical companies have an opportunity to build that kind of culture by bringing leadership, communications and technology together to support a “production and safety” mindset that can be sustained as the industry and the workforce evolve.