Promoting a Positive Health & Safety Culture

Main Topics of Study:

  • Definition – culture of an organisation / concept of a health and safety culture
  • Correlation between culture and performance in health and safety – first impressions – recognising an organisations approach
  • Indicators of a health and safety culture – accidents / absenteeism / sickness rates / staff turnover / compliance with rules and procedures / complaints about working conditions
  • Factors promoting a negative health and safety culture – periods of change / uncertainty (Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs) / management decisions
  • Internal and external influences – management commitment / timescale pressure / communication / competence / employee representation / social expectations / legislation and enforcement / insurance companies / trade unions / the economy
  • Human behaviour – the individual and their role / attitude, ability and motivation / perception of risk / errors / violations / age and¬†experience / peers
  • Implementing cultural change – management commitment / personnel competence / effective communication / training / penalties and discipline

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