“Step up for Safety” – Taking the Next Steps in our Safety Journey

Michelle MachenMauser News, Safety

Mauser Packaging Solutions’ 2024 Safety Month theme – “Step up for Safety” – challenges every employee to be a leader when it comes to safety. Building upon the same theme from 2023, the focus this year is on continuing the safety journey. Establishing and maintaining a safety culture in the workplace requires an ongoing commitment to safe behavior every day and with every action.

While responsibility for safety begins at the leadership level, when it comes to safety everyone is a leader regardless or job role or responsibilities. Every employee shares the responsibility of making sure everyone goes home safe every day. Safety leadership does not have to be a person in a traditional leadership role (Lead hand, Supervisor, Manager). A safety leader is somebody who not only exhibits personal safety behaviors but inspires others to do the same. These are people who not only follow safety protocols precisely but speak up in a constructive way when they see that others could be doing something in a safer manner. Sustained and consistent positive safety performance and behaviors requires every employee “Stepping Up” and taking ownership.

Saying we are committed to safety, implementing the right policies and procedures and having the elements of safety culture means nothing unless it is embodied and practiced by employees. When we all accept responsibility for creating the environment or circumstances that facilitate safety, we can effectuate meaningful change that ensures a safe workplace for everyone. It’s time to “Step up for Safety”. What actions will you take?