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BUILDING A ROBUST SAFETY CULTURE

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The ASCNI Human Factors Study Group define health and safety culture as:
‘The product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and patterns of behaviour that determine the commitment to, and the style and proficiency of, an organisation’s health and safety management. Organisations with a positive safety culture are characterised by communication founded on mutual trust, by shared perceptions of the importance of safety and confidence in the efficacy of preventative measures”.

A number of major accidents such as The Deepwater Horizon, The Herald of Free Enterprise, Piper Alpha and Chernobyl have been as a result of organisation having poor safety cultures. In the BBC film about the Piper Alpha Disaster Dr Tony Barrel, the former Head of UK HSE Offshore Safety Division commented:

“I wouldn't put it (Piper Alpha) above or below other disasters, there is, actually, an awful sameness about these incidents. They’re nearly always characterised by lack of forethought, lack of analysis and nearly always the problem comes down to poor management. It’s not just due to one particular person not following a procedure or doing something wrong. You always come back to the fact that things are sloppy, ill organised and unsystematic (up and down the organisation).”

Every organisation has a safety culture – some are better than others though. Why is this the case? This training course will identify why some organisations have a more robust health and safety culture than others.

Symptoms of poor safety culture include:

  • Widespread routine procedural violations
  • Failure to comply with the organisations safety management system
  • Management decisions that put production or cost before safety

To achieve improvements in health and safety culture the following ‘drivers’ of effective safety culture will be explored including:

  • Management commitment
  • Management visibility
  • Communication
  • Employee participation
  • Inspection (including behavioural safety)

Attending the Zenith Business Excellence 2 day health and safety culture will allow delegates to understand where the safety culture maturity is within their organisations and identify the key factors that will enable it to improve. Participants will be encouraged to look at the positive examples of safety culture and how these can be encouraged within their organisations. This workshop will help delegates to develop a positive safety culture in their organisation through:

 Making your workforce intrinsically interested in health and safety.
 Getting people to do things naturally without having to be told.
 This will produce a lasting change within the business

This workshop is suitable for organisation and a large number of business sectors including manufacturing, construction, oil and gas and service sectors.

Additional assistance will be provided to delegates after the course on measuring the safety culture within their organisation and improving it by setting up a safety culture survey, interpreting results and putting a strategy together for improvement that will be carried out via email or skype.