Electronics OEMs often write off safety programs as a necessary evil, something that addresses regulatory demands or basic business practices. New research from ATS, though, finds that most manufacturers who implement safety programs experience increased productivity and even cost savings.
“The state of safety is shifting,” David Miller, senior director of environmental health and safety at Advanced Technology Services (ATS) told EBN. “A lot of attention in the past has been focused on compliance. Now, a lot of attention is being focused on culture and behavior and what drives and motivates employees to behave in a safe way.”
While regulations are important, providing the framework for a safety system, it’s not sufficient for a successful and comprehensive plan. “Most people don’t like being told what to do,” said Miller. “If they don’t understand the reasons behind the rules, they are going to be resistant.”
To succeed, there need to be training systems and efforts to get employees engaged. Getting leadership support is critical, Miller added. Patience is key since shifting corporate culture takes time.
ATS research found that most employees feel safe on the job. However, top management is less sure that the safety programs are working. The survey culled responses from 134 plant engineers, plant managers, and others charged with implementing safety programs. Take a look at the infographic below from ATS to see more study results.
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— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN