Safety Culture Survey’s Background
- Progressive companies have been utilizing safety perception surveys or profile processes as an additional method of measuring their work, health and safety management system, specifically the underlying factors that determine how the individual interacts within the system or with the cultural criteria (i.e. trust, communication).
- Safety climate and culture are key elements in safety performance improvement. While training, awareness, and incentive programs can result in short-term changes to reported injury rates, it is the underlying culture that must be supportive for sustainable improvement to occur.
- Safety Culture Projects are developed by our WHS Consultants from safety perception survey research and the individual organizational philosophy input identified in the pre-survey phase. It will help provide insight into the level of safety cultural maturity and give direction with the approach to the overall Work Health and Safety Management System. It identifies where the needs, gaps and safety issues exist and also assists in clarifying what is the most effective strategy. The survey data helps to target the best use of resources and where inputs are most needed.
- The safety culture survey is designed to measure the “sites / organizational health and safety cultural maturity and safety perception”. The survey results will assist an organization to gain an understanding of where on the “Safety Culture Ladder” your workforce and the management teams believe where your business operations is operating at and factors that may have contributed to the recent spike in incidents and issues on site.
- The culture of an organization plays a key role in why people within it behave the way they do, “It’s the way we do things around here”. The results of this perception survey will reveal those factors that influence behaviour such as management and supervisor practices, peer pressure, production pressures, group norms, trust and credibility.
- Organizations have embraced the safety culture surveys as they recognize that corporate and individual commitment to health and safety is not measured by the mere existence of well-crafted policies posted conspicuously throughout the worksite, training or incentive programs.
- Perception is a reality. Behaviour is influenced by what we perceive to be true. If you truly believe workers or management place production ahead of safety, day-to-day decisions on how one will work will be primarily based on achieving high production, perhaps at the expense of safety.
- Shared beliefs, values, norms, attitudes, credibility, commitment, leadership, and rewards are a few of the factors that shape perceptions of the organization, management, supervisors and workers. They have a significant influence on how one will behave on the job in respect to safety, and with respect to productivity and quality. It is the culture that dictates how one will conduct their work when the boss is not around.
- The rationale for the Safety Culture Survey is to provide a clear and concise analysis of the value-based and belief system drivers. This is of particular importance in relation to the ongoing implementation of work health and safety (WHS) strategic objectives and business development in the stage of change management your organization is undergoing.
The key results from the Safety Culture Profile will enable you to:
- Pinpoint areas of concern and direct decision making for achieving better safety outcomes.
- Observe long-term trends to monitor the impact of a program at the organizational level through having a base line survey conducted and then resurveying at specific intervals.
- Provide input for future decisions by uncovering worker preferences or specific issues.
- Convince all involved that there is an empirical foundation for the necessity to achieve better safety outcomes.
- Add a communication channel.
- Facilitate and measure change and improvement.
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