Safety cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes that exist at an establishment. Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, etc., which shape our behavior. An organizations safety culture is the result of a number of factors such as:§ Management and employee norms, assumptions and beliefs;
§ Management and employee attitudes;
§ Values, myths, stories;
§ Policies and procedures;
§ Supervisor priorities, responsibilities and accountability;
§ Production and bottom line pressures vs. quality issues;
§ Actions or lack of action to correct unsafe behaviors;
§ Employee training and motivation; and
§ Employee involvement or "buy-in”
- Why do we want to measure our safety culture?
- What expectations will be created by conducting a safety culture assessment?
- What alternative time-effort investments could achieve this purpose?
- Is a safety culture assessment likely to tell us something we don’t already know?
- Which safety culture assessment tool should we use?
- Who will be included in the process?
- How much will the assessment cost (including the cost of the instrument as well as the time and effort to administer, analyze and report the results)?
- How, when and with whom will the results presented or shared (internally and externally)?
- How will the results be used?
- Is this assessment intended to be a one-time assessment or part of a series of assessments over time?