ARCHIVED - Session 3 - Building and Maintaining a Safety Culture - Mark Fleming, Professor - St. Mary’s University

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Safety Forum - June 5-6, 2013

Mark Fleming, Professor
St. Mary’s University

Mark - can you give us some examples of safety culture measures?

There are a wide range of safety culture measures available. The following are reviews of safety culture assessment tools:

Most of the published tools focus on perception questionnaires, yet it is widely recognized that questionnaires provide a limited view of the culture and in fact the results can be misleading. There are a number of safety culture self-assessment guidance documents under development at the moment (e.g. the IAEA is about to publish a document). The following is a link to a previous IAEA guidance document although this is a bit old.

Should the level of compliance be increased so that 'best practices' are the norm in the industry as opposed to something that 'leader organizations' do?

I am not really in a position to comment, but I am not in favour of a compliance based approach to regulation and that by adopting goal orientated regulation based on Safety Management Systems all organizations can be expected to adopt best practices.

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