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Resource booklet 2 Safety culture and video
The beliefs, attitudes, norms and values that people within an organisation share are described as the organisational culture. Informally, you can describe culture as ‘the way we do things around here’.
Safety culture is an essential part of organisational culture: it affects the way the organisation manages safety and therefore, the ultimate effectiveness of its safety management system (SMS).
Every organisation has a safety culture, but some are better than others. Professor James Reason probably described it best. He said, ‘an ideal safety culture is the “engine” that drives the system towards the goal of sustaining the maximum resistance towards its operational hazards regardless of current commercial concerns or leadership style’.