Safety Culture Toolkit

Safety culture represents shared beliefs, values, and assumptions within an organisation in relation to safety and has a big impact on performance.

Safety culture assessment allows an organisation to better understand how its people perceive safety and the company’s approach to health & safety management. It allows the organisation to identify both strengths and weaknesses that then enable it to continuously monitor and improve its approach to health and safety.

The most important reason for understanding safety culture is because it has a direct impact on the safety of its employees, contractors and the public. Several high profile accidents in the rail and other industries have highlighted the consequences of poor safety cultures. The benefits of an improved safety culture are improved safety performance and reduced accidents

To help our members do this, RSSB have created a safety culture assessment toolkit.   

This is a web-based toolkit that provides a comprehensive safety culture self-assessment package providing the following features:   

  • Useful background information on safety culture;
  • On-line and/or paper-based safety culture self-assessment using a standardised questionnaire;
  • Automated analysis of results and production of graphical outputs;
  • Access to assessment-specific improvement solutions;
  • Industry benchmarking;
  • Links to solutions and good practice

The tool is designed for safety managers and supervisors involved in planning and implementing safety policy and safety management systems. It is relevant to all companies regardless of your current level of safety culture: there is always room for improvement and the site will offer advice and good practice guidance specific to your current level of safety culture development. It also provides registered companies with the opportunity to share and learn from examples of safety culture interventions that have been effective in improving attitudes and behaviours towards safety.   

In summary, this site provides a safety culture “one stop shop” that provides:   

  • A safety culture self-assessment survey & analysis package;
  • Both generic and results-specific guidance on safety culture enhancement at both strategic and detailed levels;
  • Access to good practice examples that can be used to generate ideas for improvement initiatives and interventions;
  • The opportunity to submit good practice items to the ‘Safety Culture Library’;
  • An interactive ‘Safety Culture Discussion Forum’ where registered users can post and respond to comments.
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