Safety Culture – Have you identified yours?

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Blog Posts
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There are so many articles on Safety Culture. The problem for most businesses is to clearly understand what this means for their organization. Where do you start? How do you benchmark against your competitors, your industry, and others in the global economy. How do you really know where you stand?

I have been working in this field for over twenty years, each organization has its own blend of culture, its own pace and definitely its own diverse issues and solutions. There is no right or wrong way to develop a culture however, with the variety of people in your organzation.the bottom line is getting everybody to understand what it means first. What is Safety Culture?

Some say, “It’s the way we do things here’. or “Its a new technique to build employee morale” or some have been heard to say “I’m positive it’s further accidents”. I have heard a variety of responses. The first step is to take a snap shot of where you are today. If you don’t know what the culture of your organization is, how do you know if its “bad”, needs improving or world class. You don’t until you take some key areas and investigate them, delve into why your systems look the way they do, listen to your employees, watch your incident trends, absenteeism, productivity and see if your company’s strategic plan is matching with the goals from top to bottom and meeting your customers demands.

One of the best articles I saw was in reference to the Dupont Tool – Bradley Curve which clearly outlines the stages of a world class safety culture. For me, I am a firm believer in ensuring that we work as a team to have everyone on the same footing..this in itself is a task that requires patience and determination. Culture is the people and safety is the behaviours of the people and the dynamics within your organization.

Your Safety Culture will be will change over time, it will either grow stronger or it will stagnate or it will plateau with changes.

If you would like to discuss your organization’s Safety Culture, contact me here and share your thoughts.

  1. I found it. Great. Yes this is what we have been talking about lately so I agree with what is being said.

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