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Let Safety Be Your Guide: How to Write a Safety Mission Statement

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A safety mission statement is a short, carefully-crafted message that communicates the safety culture and goals desired by ownership and management to all employees in the organization. It also outlines the broad strategies used to attain the desired safety culture and goals.

In the last post, we talked about the importance of a safety mission statement and the benefits of getting your team involved in writing yours. This post digs into how to write a safety mission statement.

  • Start by brainstorming your safety goals: meeting all federal, state, and local requirements for safety, promoting pollution prevention, continually measuring safety performance, promoting health and safety awareness, etc.
  • Organize your goals into categories to make them easier to remember.
  • List the ways you plan to implement strategies to make sure those goals are met.
  • Work on narrowing down your wording to communicate concisely, cutting anything that doesn’t contribute to the meaning.
  • Be sure to communicate that the most important goal is to ensure the safety and health of your workers, and that they are able to go home at the end of the day free of injury. This is the most powerful reason for safety that employees can identify with.

Here are links to a few examples of good safety mission statements:

Calpine Safety Mission Statement

H.O. Bouchard Safety Mission Statement

Superior Construction Company Safety Mission Statement

 

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