Why is a positive Safety Culture important?

Creating a positive safety culture where everyone actively participates in health and safety will help you to meet your duty of care and provide a working environment that protects your employees from harm.  But it’s not just about lowering accident rates.  A positive safety culture is proven to deliver improved productivity through a workforce that is motivated and committed. 

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What’s the difference between Safety Culture and Safety Climate?

The prevailing health and safety culture within an organisation  i.e. the way it approaches and manages health and safety issues, is a major influence on the health and safety-related behaviour of people at work. HSE advocate that developing a positive health & safety culture is important if high standards of health and safety are to be achieved and maintained.

A Safety climate is defined as “the sum of employees’ shared perceptions of policies, procedures and practices relating to safety and will examine how people perceive and describe the importance given to safety issues by the organisation at a particular point in time, and how local arrangements are seen to reflect this.

How does it work?

The EW SCS is administered through an online survey and uses a series of positive statements to which each respondent is invited to indicate how much they agree through a simple Likert scale.  Statements are grouped into seven fields to provide a quantitative measure and include:

  1. Management commitment
  2. Employee involvement
  3. Communication
  4. Training and information
  5. Motivation
  6. Compliance with procedures
  7. Learning organisation

A free text field to capture to collect more detailed views on particular issues, or suggestions for improvement.

The survey is anonymous thereby encouraging truthful responses.  Demographic data can be gathered to help you draw a distinction between job role, age category, location and other useful information. 

Can it be tailored to my specific needs?

Absolutely.  The seven fields described above are recognised as providing a good overview of the safety culture within an organisation however we can focus on specific areas you may wish to examine  by creating bespoke statement sets and applying the same tool.

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For example, you may be keen to explore in finer detail:   

  • Attitudes and perceptions to risk
  • Risk taking behaviour and some contributory influences
  • Adherence to rules and the propensity for violations
  • The influence of leaders, managers, supervisors and peers
  • The suitability and sufficiency of risk assessments and safe systems of work
  • The adequacy and understanding of rules and procedures
  • The provision and use of work equipment
  • Occupational health risk control measures
  • Accident and incident investigation

This is not an exhaustive list and we will be happy to discuss your particular needs and formulate a survey that helps you understand the root causes of your concerns.

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What are the outputs?

The responses to the EW SCS will provide you with an overview of your organisation’s safety culture in a written report that will include a summary of the key findings and recommended actions arising in each field together with data tables, bar charts and graphs plus free text suggestions for improvement categorised into specific areas. 

We will position you on the Safety Maturity Scale and how you can progress your organisation upwardly toward the ultimate goal of becoming a generative organisation with an inherent commitment to health and safety.

Further intervention

Your consultant will discuss the report with you so that you are clear on what is going well and areas for potential improvement.  They can draw on the data gathered in the EW SCT and:

  • design interventions to develop staff competence
  • develop procedures
  • provide training
  • facilitate workshops; and
  • support leaders and managers develop a comprehensive behavioural change programme.
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For further information about our Health & Safety Climate Survey Tool please speak to your dedicated H&S Consultant or alternatively call us on 0345 226 8393.