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.


The other day, as I fell on a slippery surface. I was humiliated at first, was I a safety person infallible as any other person? Absolutely.  No matter who you are in your organization, an incident can happen and realizing that one of the four factors above were prevalent in the incident may come as a shock. At what point do you cross the line between “believing in safety” and “walking the talk”..Safety Within is a forum in which to discuss these thoughts..

Upon further speculation of the incident and discussions, we agreed that those four factors contributed to the incident. As a result, I took the leadership role and started talking about it. How I simply forgot my core values, briefly and as a result, I became an incident statistic. Luckily only bruising my ribs and my pride, I decided it was time to put pride aside and share the disease known as fatigue, frustration, rushing and complacency..eager to get back on track. My core values restored. What an epiphany!