Nine Values that characterize a healthy Safety Culture

Earlier this week, James Watson, the director of the BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement), in an address to the Center for Offshore Safety, outlined what he called the “nine values that are characteristic of a robust safety culture”.

They are:

  1. Leadership
  2. Problem identification and resolution
  3. Personal accountability
  4. Work processes
  5. Continuous learning
  6. An environment for raising concerns
  7. Effective communication
  8. Trust and respect
  9. An inquiring attitude

You can download a pdf of the complete transcript of the address on the BSEE website.

I like this list and believe that most companies would agree with it. The issue, of course, resides in the “how”. How do we go about making these values a reality in our place of business. Too often pride, insecurity, jealousy, incompetence and power games keep this from happening.

What are your ideas about how to make these values a reality in the workplace?

One thought on “Nine Values that characterize a healthy Safety Culture

  1. The entrench safety into your workplace culture, you have to think carefully about how you introduce safety training – if safety training is presented as an irritating afterthought, it’ll be treated like one, and important safety measures could end up being ignored, putting everyone in danger. The start to a workplace culture that values and takes pride in its safety is how safety training is treated and introduced.

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