Worker Participation

Worker participation should be strongly encouraged by management because it establishes ownership of safe behavior at the execution level, where it is most appropriate.

  • Safety Reviews - Workers should participate in safety planning and prestart-up safety reviews.
  • Safety Walk-Arounds - Periodic unannounced inspections and observation by peers and/or management should offer an opportunity for a "second set of eyes" to uncover potential risks.
  • Scheduled Inspections - Walk-throughs by management, peers, and subject matter experts should be performed on a regular (e.g., monthly) basis to promote continued attention to safe operation.
  • Formulation of Safety Procedures - Because workers will ultimately be the ones to implement safety procedures in the workplace, they should play a role in developing those procedures.