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Safety Culture
Episode 4820th March 2024 • Human Factors Minute • Human Factors Cast
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...and now for another Human Factors Minute! Safety culture is about what people do (safety-related behaviours); how people feel (individual and group values, attitudes and perceptions) as well as what the organisation has (policies, procedures, structures and systems). These three aspects are interrelated and therefore not mutually exclusive. A company’s safety culture is shaped by corporate practices and organisational behaviour, and so a full picture can’t be gained from just focusing on the perceptions of staff. If you collect data (from surveys, talking to staff etc) then communicate the findings back to those involved – and take action.Interventions on safety culture should not only explore attitudes and behaviours of the front-line workforce, but also question and challenge managers and leaders. Rather than trying to influence safety culture directly, it's helpful to focus on a specific topic (such as procedures, fatigue, competence). How you go about this intervention could have a significant effect on a range of predictors of a positive safety culture (such as involving staff, listening to their concerns, making leaders more visible and taking visible action to improve). Creating a positive safety culture takes a great deal of time and effort; perhaps over several years; and is not a one-off process. Be sure to check out our main show at our official website: Support us on these platforms to get access to the entire Human Factors Minute library: Patreon: Buy us a coffee: Join us on Discord: Follow us: Human Factors Cast Merchandise Store: Follow us on Twitch: Follow us on YouTube: Follow us on LinkedIn: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Facebook: Resources: Music by Kevin McLeod:

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