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How to Improve Safety Climate Through Worker Participation

HEALTH & SAFETY SECTION

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before work starts to review with
the crew daily tasks and allow safety
issues to be raised. In addition after
an incident has occurred, some
companies have "After Action
Reviews" or AAR to allow workers
to have input into how to prevent
future such incidents.
Below, we discuss how to use
these opportunities to develop
shared values and consensus among
employees regarding safety.

How to Facilitate Effective
Worker Participation?
Participate in worksite
climate surveys.
Asking employees to participate
in anonymous worksite climate
surveys provides a valuable
opportunity for workers to give
voice to their beliefs, perceptions,
and concerns regarding safety on

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Participate in reporting unsafe
conditions and incidents.
Engaged workers report unsafe
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employees need to feel secure
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Being punished or seeing another
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section. See below for caveats about
surveys in smaller companies.

the worksite. The mere act of asking
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the employer. Even more important
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information. Sharing the results
of any workplace survey is critical;
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and develop actionable next steps
to address areas of concern fosters
a positive safety climate and helps

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Back to Basics: The Next Steps
Training for Safety
OSHA’s Silica Rule
How to Improve Safety Climate
Beyond the Horizon
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Intro
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - cover1
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 6
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 7
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 8
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - President’s Perspective
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 10
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 11
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 12
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Industry News
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 14
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 15
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 16
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Back to Basics: The Next Steps
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 18
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 19
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Training for Safety
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 21
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 22
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 23
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 24
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 25
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - OSHA’s Silica Rule
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - How to Improve Safety Climate
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Beyond the Horizon
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Industry Calendar
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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