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Developing an Effective Safety Culture



Effective safety culture is widely accepted as being an essential component of the successful development and implementation of an organization’s safety management system. Preventing major accidents is about ensuring that everyone, regardless of position, follows safety procedures and safe practices - by always intervening when unsafe behaviors or conditions are observed. A safety culture improvement process approach that actively engages everyone through personal responsibility is seen as the way forward.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Have a clear understanding of human factors and their application to their organization’s current safety cultural status.
  • Be familiar with elements of safety management systems and their purpose.
  • Appreciate the consequences of behavioral acts and omissions as prime causes of accidents and emergency situations.
  • Be able to develop a step-by-step safety cultural improvement program within their own organization.
  • Develop an appreciation of carrying out an HSE cultural positional assessment.
  • Develop skills for identifying, evaluating, and reconciling solutions for influencing behavioral change improvement measures.

Targeted Audience:

  • All supervisors and line management who have assigned responsibilities within the organization's safety management system (SMS) - Production and process engineers - Maintenance personnel - HSE personnel - All personnel involved in planning and implementing the organization's HSE management system

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Introduction to Safety Culture:

  • Safety culture and safety climate.
  • Improving safety performance.
  • Behavior and Culture:
    • Organization factors.
    • Job factors.
    • Personal factors.
  • Historical review.
  • Case study.

Unit 2: Safety Management Systems:

  • Safety management systems framework and safety culture factors.
  • Essential safety management system components.
  • Developing an effective safety management system.
  • Mechanical Model of SMS.
  • Socio-Technical Model of SMS.
  • More safety culture factors:
    • Risk and risk perceptions.
    • Human error.
    • Stress.
  • Case Study “Mersin Refinery”.

Unit 3: HSE Model for Safety Culture:

  • Identifying problem areas.
  • Dependant, Independent, and Interdependent Cultures.
  • Planning for change.
  • HSE cultural change model.
  • How to intervene.
  • Key Performance indicators.
  • Success factors and barriers.
  • Attitude Questionnaires.

Unit 4: Behavioural Safety:

  • Safety culture and behavioral safety.
  • Taylor, Herzberg, Vroom, Geller, Maslow.
  • Natural penalties and consequences.
  • ABC analysis:
    • Antecedents.
    • Behavior.
    • Consequences.
  • What drives behavior.
  • Natural penalties and consequences.

Unit 5: Assessing the Safety Culture:

  • Establishing the current status of a safety culture.
  • Results of questionnaires.
  • Case studies from different organizations.
  • A step-change in safety.
  • Managing people and their attitude to safety.
  • Developing questionnaires.
  • Personal action plans.
  • Course review.

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