In the past, the emphasis was on technology, to increase safety and reduce incidents but that alone could not achieve the desired results. Increasingly, we are finding the importance of Culture as a determinant for safety in an organizationSo, what is Culture? It is shared values and beliefs It is the norm of a society or organizationI believe every organization has some level of Safety Culture, which may or may not be adequate In an organization with strong safety culture there is little tolerance for unsafe behaviors.There is pressure from managementHowever, peer pressure is more effective in preventing unsafe behavior and practices
In evaluating Safety Culture maturity we have set up four levels: ….Both Ground Breakers and leaders take safety seriouslyWhat separates the Ground Breakers from Leaders is their progress towards a common vision in the safety areaCompetitors generally aspire to be leaders, but they lack the intense focus on safety like the Groundbreakers and Leaders Followers do not focus on safety or do not perceive that safety is good for business. Sometimes they are ignorant of their shortcomings in this area.
In the survey we did we found:….It is interesting to find that there were more competitors than followers among those who took the surveyThat may be because no one wants to be a follower!!!
ARC's Asish Ghosh's Creating Safety Culture Presentation Presentation at ARC's 2008 Industry Forum
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