Friday, 2 November 2012

How Mature is your Safety Culture?

When you're walking around your workplace, you can do a quick measure of your safety culture by thinking about the following HSE characteristics you see. Which ones most closely mirror your culture?

Characteristic of an immature safety culture
Characteristic of a mature safety culture
  • People do not know or follow HSE rules
  • People don't intervene even if they see a problem
  • There is no follow up on reported HSE problems
  • There is no recognition for good practices
  • There are no consequences for breaches of rules
  • Management don't do what they say
  • There are few safety role-models
  • There are no safety conversations
  • Safety isn't mentioned in team meetings
  • Management is invisible to the workers
  • Safety has no visible presence on site
  • No one knows the organizations HSE objectives
  • Everyone is following the HSE rules
  • Everyone will intervene in problems
  • HSE problems get followed up
  • Good practices are celebrated
  • There are clear & certain consequences
  • Management do what they say
  • There are lots of positive role-model
  • Safety is talked about a lots
  • Safety is in every meeting agenda
  • Managers are visible and well known
  • Safety is highly visible
  • HSE objectives are known
What kind of culture exists in your work place?
What tools are you using to get better?