Changing culture one person at a time

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • Robins Public Affairs
Safety is an integral part of our on- and off-duty lifestyle at Robins. Since its crucial message needs to be constantly communicated to every employee, the Installation Safety Office will be visiting work centers across the base to share that message while also making and building relationships.

The Safety Surge Initiative kicked off Nov. 3, with Installation, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, VPP and union safety representatives visiting several work centers located in Bldg. 300, Bays A, C, D; and Bldgs. 91, 700, 125 and 59. They were able to make contact with more than 30 employees and 17 supervisors during the week. 

Safety team members will be visiting work centers twice a week in two-hour blocks, with time for engaging with employees and supervisors. Those sites include the 78th Air Base Wing and Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, as well as mission partners who can benefit from the experience. 

"These two-hour blocks are in addition to the safety office's spot inspection program. Ultimately we will incorporate the surge into our daily operations," said Scott Eck, Installation Safety chief.

By putting names with faces, the initiative's goals include building trust, enhancing communication, assessing the safety climate across the base and creating opportunities for follow-up discussion. 

"This provides another avenue for us to change the safety culture at Robins one person at a time," said Eck. "It also shows that managers and our union partners are working together to address employee safety and health concerns. We work together as a team here."

Employees should feel comfortable expressing any safety concerns they have in their workplace, said Eck, and building one-on-one relationships is one way to do that. 

"This is a new process for us so we're looking forward to getting out and hearing about the safety concerns our workforce has," he said. "Enhancing communication with the goal of addressing safety and health concerns at the lowest level is a key element in the surge process." 

Safety information during visits will be documented and tracked, and any areas of concern will be identified for future visits.