Within any organisation there is a need to document a safety policy to align with the current legislative requirements applicable to that country. That’s the easy part. Creating an organisation that is visibly and actively conscious of actual and potential safety issues is another thing.

INSAG 4 defines safety culture as:

The shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterize an organization as demonstrated through an integrated pattern of behaviours

Developing a sustainable safety culture that understands that safety is the most important feature of the organisation is seldom a ‘breakthrough’ activity that Six Sigma (minimum 70% improvement) achieves; more often it is a recognition that to help those at the sharp end of power production or manufacturing or those equally liable for error in a support function, a series of enablers needs to be in place to reduce the probability of errors occurring.

Human Performance and Leadership are able to review your safety culture and help you align it to international best practice

James Reasons requirements for a robust safety culture are below. Click the dots next to each title for further explanation.

Safety Culture

Knowledge Management
1
Flexible Culture
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Reporting Culture
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Organisational Learning
4
Just Culture
5

  1. Those who manage and operate the system have current knowledge about the human, technical, organizational and environmental factors that determine the safety of the system as a whole.

  2. A culture in which an organisation is able to reconfigure themselves in the face of high tempo operations or certain kinds of danger – often shifting from the conventional hierarchical to flatter mode.

  3. An organisational culture in which people are prepared to report their errors and near misses.

  4. An organisation must possess the willingness and the competence to draw the right conclusions from its safety information systems and the will to implement major reforms.

  5. An atmosphere of trust in which people are encouraged for providing essential safety related information, but in which they are also clear about where the line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable behaviours.

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