Safety cannot be mandated it must be taught. If you ask any CEO or leader of an organization they will gladly tell you of their desire for a safe environment. However, if you look at their training budget or how much time their employees drill on or engage in safety discussions on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and you will begin to understand how important safety really is to that leader.
Many organizations are beginning to cut training hours or require employees to get training on their own time. It is important to note that training costs will be made either up front as an expense for training or as an expense for downtime due to injuries, accidents or mistakes. To ignore the costs associated with the lack of training is one approach that some managers or leaders take. There may be some benefit to that approach which is only clear to the managers that employ that practice. Taking the leadership position requires one to implement an action plan to deal with this important issue.
One must take the time to think about the benefits of training employees and how to harvest those benefits for your organization.