Safety should be seen as a means for improving performance and not a goal in itself. Our approach is based on the question why, what and how.
Why is safety improvement important for an organisation?
- Safety conscious companies tend to be more efficient and sustainable
- An increase in safety culture generally results in a decrease in incidents and near misses
- Safety is a (legal) requirement for business continuity
What are the pre-conditions for improving safety culture in a structured way?
- Recognise that safety improvement is an evolving process
- The level of safety is determined by the interaction between processes, structure and culture (organisation triangle)
- Each development level has its own drivers
- During the process, drivers shift from technique and systems to change of culture/ behaviour
- Unwritten rules must be addressed in order to create change
- Strong safety leadership is the enabler for a sustainable safety culture
How can we improve your safety culture?The following tools and models were developed in partnership with key stakeholders, including universities and professional bodies, to facilitate an objective process towards a sustainable improvement of the safety culture in organisations:
- Baseline measurement (i.e. confirming the current safety performance)
- HSE safety maturity audits based on OSHAS, ISO 14001, step change in safety and the Hearts & Minds model
- Communication training (giving feedback)
- The 'glass ceiling' model
- Revealing 'unwritten rules'
- Safety leadership development, coaching, monitoring and observations