Stephen Jenkins, MSc - Cintas Corp.
The focus on building a strong safety and health culture is misplaced. EHS excellence is a more likely outcome for an enterprise that clearly values and cares for its employees and includes safety as a strategic element of its organizational culture. What is the one constant in an enterprise that clearly demonstrates world-class safety and health? That element is that EHS is interwoven into the organizational structure and culture of that enterprise, rather than being considered a separate entity. Does an enterprise have a separate HR culture, quality culture, cost culture, customer service culture, etc. or are these critical elements embodied in the overarching organizational culture? Great enterprises have a single culture that includes all of the critical elements just listed. And the same mindset should apply to safety and health. With safety and health excellence embodied in the corporate character and culture, organizations are able to build solutions that have broader benefits, gain allies and achieve more successful deployment. Responses align with the goals of other areas of the organization. This session will explore achieving integration of safety and health into your corporate culture to avoid siloed EHS initiatives.
- How safety professionals can focus on EHS being part of the organizational culture and not just a stand-alone.
- The lost opportunities that result from EHS being treated as a stand-alone culture.
- How a corporate culture that includes EHS can benefit your workplace, particularly in dealing with the unique challenges of the post-COVID era.