While workers assume they are the most responsible for safety in the workplace, there is a feeling that organizations can be doing a better job in creating a safe work environment.
According to Fluke Corp.’s 3rd annual Electrical Safety Survey, this sentiment about who is most responsible for safety has remained the same over the past three years.
Despite 98% of respondents agreeing (strongly agree/agree) that a strong culture of safety is important in keeping workers safe, only 37% agree that most companies have one.
“I think safety is something companies focus on, but miss the small details; relying on good trustworthy tools can help improve safety, but training and proper PPE will further solidify the basics and put the worker at most responsibility for their safety as well as others,” said one survey respondent.
“Gaining buy-in for a safety culture has proven to be the most challenging piece but, at the same time, it is the most important part,” said another.
Nearly all respondents (95%) believe more can be done to make their workplaces safer, and 56% of workers believe they have ideas on how to make the industry safer.
“A robust culture of safety is vital for organizations who truly want to keep their workers safe, yet many workers find the emphasis is not always adequate to do the job,” said Heather Rasmussen, global content manager, Fluke Corp. “This year’s survey reinforces how important safety is to workers, and how they look to their supervisors and managers to set the tone and provide the tools and training to make that happen.”
Fluke’s safety survey seeks to identify trends in sentiment and perception of workplace safety, including responsibilities, culture, training, and the role of technology.
The survey was conducted in February 2022, receiving responses primarily from electricians, maintenance technicians, and engineers. Their ages ranged from 17 to 74, with the majority between 45 and 64 years, and over 80% were either employees or self-employed.