• What is safety culture

In 1993 HSE Solutions Advisory Committee explained that safety culture of an organization is the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and patterns of behavior that determine the commitment to and the style and proficiency of an organization's health and safety management.

  • Safety culture within an organisation

Along safety culture there's also the term safety climate. What's the difference between safety culture and safety climate?

Mrs Webster uses the metaphor of the iceberg, of what you see and what you don't see. Safety climate is the perception held across the workforce at a given minute moment in a time; It's measurable.

Safety culture, on the other hand, is the underlying shared values beliefs and habitual working practices that influence health and safety performance, which are not always obvious.

Generally, organizations with a successful health and safety record use an appropriate mix of both leading and lagging indicators.

In order for an organisation to have a successful and healthy safety culture, Mrs Webster recommends the steps below:

  1. Build your foundation for what you want to achieve and get the  support of key stakeholders in your organization;
  2. Analyze your current safety culture by using HSL safety climate tool to give you a baseline that will act as your anchor moving forward;
  3. Focus on your results use the survey data to engage and involve the workforce in decisions about what needs to change;
  4. Form an action plan;
  5. Evaluate how you're.