Safety Culture

What’s your organization’s safety culture?

Levels of Safety Culture

What is YOUR organizations’s safety climate or culture?  Check out this Safety Climate Measurement User Guide and Toolkit.

What happens when an incident happens?  Do we concentrate on who is to blame or do we search for the true root causes?  The video below

Two Contrasting Views of the South Korea Ferry Accident – English from MAN PARK on Vimeo.

One of the people addressing the human element and it’s effect on accidents and incident is Sidney Dekker, a professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.  His views on a “just culture” in safety programs might just open your eyes.  Watch below.

Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry : Transportation Research Board

Before you pass up the above report, read this quote from it, “…Responsible companies and progressive regulators realize the need to go beyond regulatory compliance by embracing safety in a holistic manner.”  This concept is important to the maritime industry as a whole.  Regulations are in place to ensure a minimum safety standard.  Yes, going beyond the regulations in terms of building, manning, equipping, maintaining and operating a vessel is costly.  But aren’t incidents (groundings, collisions, fire, sinking, personal injury) expensive in and of themselves?

Any business will calculate the breakeven point of an investment.  Perhaps the P&I Club costs are less than the costs of going beyond the minimum regulations, but what of the intangibles?  BP (British Petroleum) and Exxon would probably tell you that preventing the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon or the grounding of the Exxon Valdez would have been far preferable than the alternative.  The cost to a company’s reputation in the day of the 24-hour news cycle can be tremendous.

Academic Papers

WMU – SafeMode

SAFEMODE – Safety Learning – White-Paper – May 2022

Transnav – The Role of the Master in Improving Safety Culture Onboard Ships – Bielić – Predovan – Čulin

Transnav – Human Factors and Safety Culture in Maritime Safety – Berg




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EuroControl – Safety Culture Discussion Cards