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Safety culture is defined as the way in which safety is managed in a workplace. It is the combination of beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes of employees toward the safety of workers and the overall safety of the work environment. Cultivating a safety culture is a key aspect in maintaining workplace safety.

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When our large factory decided to create self-directed work teams, we had no idea how powerful the transformation would be. All our KPI’s improved as we saw employees engage on a level we had never seen before. (safety, cost, quality (more...)

Imagine you’re swimming in a large pond in Louisiana. That's right, you're in alligator territory. But it’s not the alligators on the surface you need to worry about – you can see those. It’s the ones under (more...)

Are you doing everything you can to maintain a safe jobsite?A culture of safety shapes the behaviors of everyone in an organization and improves not only safety, but productivity, profitability, and job quality.How do you build a safety (more...)

Every employee needs to understand the basics of hazard assessment and control. We need every employee to play an active role in uncovering and addressing unsafe conditions in the work environment and unsafe behavior in their peers. Join (more...)

Join Dale Lesinski as he walks us through a real world formula for improving the safety culture in your organization. This Professional Development Seminar was featured at the 2017 NSC Annual Safety Congress.Results this campaign has (more...)

Join Andrew Barrett as he reflects on the relevance of potential decisions about OSHA by the Trump-administration, and how to future-proof your job regardless of what happens.When you can't fall back on the law and enforcement as a (more...)

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Managing a project of any size requires collaborating with multiple teams, vendors, and contractors, each presenting their own unique challenges and requirements for completion. But you don’t just (more...)

The only up-side to an accident is to perform a thorough study of it with hopes of preventing any more like it. This is why the accident investigation process is so important. It needs a structured, (more...)

What is Load Securement?Load or cargo is defined by section 2(e) of the Cargo Securement Regulations as: “all articles of material carried by a vehicle, including those used in the operation of the (more...)

Safety Culture Terms

safe work method statement
safety strategy
Safety Log
Hazards Reported
Safety Climate
Simultaneous Operations
Manual of Permitted Operations
Rapid Upper Limb Assessment
Site Induction
Safe Work Method Statement
Lone Worker
Centrifugal Fan
Safety Trainer
Risk Exposure
Safety-Sensitive Position
Safety Review
Aviation Safety Action Program
Gemba Walk
Buddy System
NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit
Floor Marking Tape
Safety Statement
Zero Harm
Drum Storage Containers
Corrosive Storage Cabinet
Employee Assistance Program
Workplace Bullying Institute
Safety Violation
Job Satisfaction
Visual Fatigue
Trade Name
Continuous Improvement
Cutaneous Necrotizing Vasculitis
TUV Rheinland Certificate
Safety Requirements Specifications
Anti-Static Label
Control Systems HAZOP
Quantitative Hazard Analysis
Calibrated Risk Graph Method
Safety Lifecycle
Nuclear Reactor
Nuclear Power
Job Rotation
Drug Therapy
Site Surveillance
Accident Statistics
Alarm System
Freezing Point
Hepatitis B
National Vocational Qualification
Safety Program
SIL Validation
SIL Determination Methods
SIL Determination
Safety Monitoring
Muster Area
IEC 61511
Corrective Actions
Vehicle extrication
Institute of Hazardous Material Management
Manual Handling
Muster Drill
Occupational Health Care
Benign Tumor
Safety Instrumented Systems
Distracted Driving
Hand Sanitizer
Air Pollution Control
Qualitative Data
Life Savers
Reactivity Series
Regulatory Compliance
Healthcare Provider
Safety Approach
Compliance Test
Recordable Incident Rate
Functional Safety
Health and Safety Executive
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
Metal Fumes
Safety Engineer
Electric Receptacles
Safety Buy-In
OSHA Recordable
Commercial Waste
Contractor Prequalification
Safety Stand Down
Safety Integrity Level Study
Safety Integrity Level
Hazmat Decontamination
Malignant Tumor
Compensation Claim
Fracture / Dislocation
Social Justice
Safety Methods
Area of Contamination
Refrigeration Safety Awareness
Construction Safety & Health Official
Mine Safety
Safety Policy
Field Level Hazard Assessment
Toolbox Talk
Mechanical Factors Causing Accidents
Total Recordable Injuries
Root Cause
Workplace Safety Attitudes
Smoke Detector
Safety Incentive Program
Safety Survey
Safety of Workers
Safety Moment
Slips, Trips, and Falls

More Safety Culture Content

Organized work station

Does the 5S system promote safety culture, or does safety need to be the sixth S? Learn more in this article.

Accident reporting

Learn how to properly investigate and report accidents in the workplace so that they don't re-occur.

Workplace safety culture basics

Safety culture grows out of an organizational commitment to safe practices. Learn the basics and how to get things started.

Improving the safety of the work environment

Safety isn't just rules and regulations. Find out what else you need to do to improve the safety of your workers.

Straight From the Experts: How Will AI Fit Into Health and Safety in the Workplace?

The possibilities of AI in workplace health and safety are believed to be endless, or at least, the possibilities will go as far as companies are willing to invest....

Engaged workers and data tracking

Workers engagement and data tracking are closely linked. Find out how.

Leading indicators of safety can help you predict and prevent lagging indicators from occurring

Leading indicators improve safety and make it predictable. Find out how you can use them to make your workplace safer.

Safety climate and safety culture

Your organization's safety culture is not the same thing as its safety climate. But how are they related?

Safety and the Broken Windows Theory

Safety buy-in can be a difficult thing to achieve. Learn how to enforce safety rules while gaining the approval of employees.

How machine learning can improve workplace safety

Machine learning to reduce workplace incidents is promising, but is your company ready for it?

Why we run toward danger

We have an instinctive pull toward danger. Understanding it can help us keep workers safe.

Not all safety managers are safety leaders

Not every safety manager is a safety leader. Find out why you should become one, and what it takes.

YouTube safety fails

You can learn a lot from YouTube videos, and not just the educational ones. Check out these safety fails and the lessons we can get from them.

How to encourage incident reporting

Safety initiatives only work if incidents are reported consistently and accurately. Find out how to get employees to report incidents and near misses.

Organization makes hazards visible

6S improves safety, organization, and productivity. Learn more about implementing it in your workplace.

Visual literacy can improve workplace safety

Can learning to appreciate art make you safer at work? Find out why some industry players are trying it.

Straight From the Experts: How To Improve Your Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate on the Job Site

There are many different expert opinions on how to effectively improve your team’s total recordable injury frequency rate, but we found the best solutions for you here.

Getting the most out of your safety software

Paying for more features than you need doesn't make sense. Find out how to convince management to get the right safety software.

How to Create Work Zone Awareness When Doing Road Work

Motorists are one of the biggest hazards facing road crews. Guiding the traffic is crucial to keeping everyone safe from harm.

Improving employee engagement with tech

Disengaged workers are associated with a 49% increase in workplace accidents. Find out how technology can help you keep your employees engaged.

Safety and rattlesnakes

You would never ignore a snake in your area, so why are you doing it with other hazards?

Using kaizen to improve safety

Kaizen can do wonders for workplace safety, but too many people want to complicate it. Find out how to keep it simple and effective.

Safety software platform

A well-managed digital EHS program can improve safety and productivity. Find out what steps you need to take to get the most out of yours.

Standardization improves safety

Standardization is what makes aviation one of the safest ways to travel. Are you taking advantage of it in your workplace? Find out how you can.

Whistleblower policies

Your whistleblower program does more than just provide an avenue for reporting. It can also strengthen your workplace's safety culture. Find out how.

Safety buy-in

Safety buy-in can be difficult to get. Kevin Burns offers his top 5 reasons you're not getting the kind of buy-in you'd like to see.

How to Build a Sustainable Safety Culture

Every company promotes safety, but how can you do more? Learn about building a sustainable safety culture.

A well-planned training program can strengthen safety culture and improve safety buy-in

Your training program is a unique opportunity to shape employee attitudes and behaviors. These six steps will help you get the most out of it.

Key Safety Concerns Around Marijuana In The Workplace

With many provinces and states legalizing marijuana, it can seem like it's not a big deal in the workplace. However, there are key factors to consider to ensure your...

Small steps sometimes make the biggest difference to your safety culture

A safety culture is built out of small nudges, not huge changes. Here are 8 that can get you on the right track.

Self-directed work teams improve safety

Micromanaging your workforce might be putting them at risk. Find out why creating self-directed teams is a much safer approach.

Building a safety culture in construction is challenging - but not impossible.

Construction companies face a number of challenges when it comes to developing a safety culture. Find out what you can do to do overcome some of them.

The 4 Stages of Contractor Management

Managing contractors is more than just prequalifying candidates. Learn about the four stages of contractor management and how software can help you handle them.

Successfully implementing a behaviour-based safety program

Behaviour-based safety is useful but often misunderstood. Find out what it takes to successfully implement a BBS safety program.

Empowering your team for safety

Safety isn't a solo activity. Here are 7 ways to empower your whole team to take charge of safety in their workplace.

Do you have a lone safety ranger in your company?

Does your workplace have a lone safety ranger? Find out why everyone benefits when they get more support.

Lone worker safety

Working alone comes with extra risks. Find out how to keep lone worker safe.

Safety info every worker should know

When it comes to safety, knowledge is power. Find out what every worker should know before stepping foot in the workplace.

Safety shouldn't be one person's responsibility

How many dragon slayers are in your company? Find out why every employee needs to be involved in addressing safety issues.

The 20 best safety slogans

Safety slogans don't always seem important, but they matter more than you might realize. Here are 20 you should start promoting in your workplace.

Building a good workplace safety incentive program

Most incentive programs for safety have unintended consequences. DCM's management decided to change that. Find out how they did it.

Top 3 Reasons Health and Safety Programs Succeed

If you're struggling with your EHSQ outcomes, take a cue from the companies that have succeeded in achieving theirs. Here are three characteristics they all share.

The Strategic and Operational Benefits of Personal Emergency ID

When an accident strikes, how do you get all the information you need? Learn the benefits of Personal Emergency ID.

3 Tips to Promote Construction Safety

Risks abound on a construction site. Be sure to follow these three tips before anyone sets foot on it.

Improving Your Safety Culture with an Effective Campaign

How can you improve safety culture in your workplace? Approach it like a marketing campaign.

5 Steps to Fitting Your EHSQ Strategy to Your Company's Business Goals

Your safety goals aren't in competition with your business objectives. Find out how to implement a safety strategy that enhances your bottom line.

Measuring the Hidden Costs of Accidents

Do you know the true cost of a workplace accident? Learn about the hidden costs that could make safety incidents more expensive than you think.

Certification Versus Competency: What's the Difference?

Certification matters, but how does it measure up to competency? Find how both concepts are related.

5 Ways to Get Executive Buy-In for Health and Safety

Executives can be reluctant to support safety initiatives. Find out how to break down those barriers and secure their buy-in.

How to Improve the Health and Safety of Women in the Workplace

Learn what women in traditionally male-dominated industries means for health and safety services.

Domestic Violence Is a Workplace Issue

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Is your workplace prepared to address domestic violence?

Safe by Accident (Also Called Being Lucky)

Your safety program's been successful, but do you know why? If you don't, you're relying on luck. And luck runs out.

How to Protect Young Workers from Injury

Managing workers with less experience and training can be challenging. Find out how you can help them stay safe on the job.

Behavior Based Safety: Does It Work?

Behavior Based Safety holds a lot of promise but only if it's done right. Learn about the common missteps that keep companies from benefiting.

Workplace Health and Safety Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Workplace safety is a collaborative effort. Find out how to encourage everyone to take responsibility for HSE.

Where Are the Safety Heroes?

Contribute to Safeopedia by sharing with us the safety heroes you know. Let's amplify their story for the benefit of all workers.

Lessons from 3 of the Worst Workplace Disasters

A single fatality is horrendous in most workplaces. In this article we will be looking at workplace safety failures that killed hundreds and even thousands.

Face-to-Face Safety: The Right Way to Build a Safety Culture

Before you walk the safety talk, you have to have the actual talk. Learn about face-to-face communication and its role in building a safety culture.

How to Conduct a Successful Safety Theme Campaign

Safety campaigns are a great way to keep safety top of mind. Learn the elements of a successful one so you can make sure that yours gets the results you want.

Safety Review: What It Is and Why We Need It

Safety reviews are a vital part of a working safety system. Find out what they are, why they're effective, and why you need them.

Why You Should Start Building a Solid Safety Program and Culture - Immediately

If you don't already have a strong safety program and safety culture in place, the right to start building one is now. Find out what advantages they will bring to your...

Staying Safe with Electrical Supplies: Helpful Tips and Suggested Practices

It's important to follow safe practices when dealing with electric supplies, whether in small tasks or large projects. The quick tips and helpful advice in this article...

Implementing a Safety Culture: Speak Up for Safety

Implementing a Safety Culture: Speak Up for Safety. Safety needs to be rooted in the culture of a company.

5 Ways Technology Is Changing the Health and Safety Industry

Miss the webinar hosted by e-Compliance? Find out what you missed here! Learn how technology is changing the health and safety industry.

Gamification and Hand Safety

Engaging the young workforce isn't easy. Gamification might be the answer to getting Millennials to buy into your safety program.

Driving safety change at work

What does it take to change the safety culture in your workplace? Learn about safety change and how to get it going.

What is a worker-powered organization?

Unfortunately, a large component of failure for digital transformation is the mindset that technology, and specifically software, should be focused on transactions....

How can I give my team a worker powered mindset?

The daily experience of the average worker has become increasingly complex. With ever-increasing responsibilities and a broadening scope of their jobs, workers are still...

Can connected safety and smart PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) really improve safety?

In the world of industrial safety, forward-thinking manufacturers are turning personal protective equipment (PPE) into personal preventive equipment – giving workers the...

How can we promote a safety culture for our remote teams?

Developing a safety culture with your remote team is all about connecting employees to your safety program through best practice communication and modeled behavior....

What is the one change we should make tomorrow to improve our safety culture?

Whether or not your corporation believes in implementing a safety culture, it's important for all levels of an organization to be engaged in safety and work together to...

What can we do about the language barriers in our workplace?

There are over 26 million foreign workers in the United States whose first language is not English. This is a significant proportion of the workforce and the language...

Is it possible to promote safety culture with temporary workers?

Creating a strong culture of safety among your permanent staff is important, but it’s equally as important with temporary or contract workers – and entirely possible.We...

Should management take part in safety training?

Creating a safe workplace isn’t just about training lower-level workers to identify safety hazards and enabling them to take action to mitigate them. A more preferable...

Video Q&A - What is a safety policy?

What a great question, and something very important to understand. Hi, I'm Bryan McWhorter for Safeopedia. When OSHA was created in 1970, it set its mission as; to...

What is the value of aligning your safety initiatives to your business goals?

When considering your business as a whole, it may seem necessary to align your safety initiatives to your business goals because they can seem like separate entities. In...

How do I win over my most reluctant employees?

Every organization with enough employees will have some of these tough nuts, and it can be frustrating to spend all your time trying to crack them.So, here's a simple...

Is it true that safety shouldn't be a top priority?

This is a great question, because this is a statement that really grabs people's attention. We know that, unfortunately, there are some companies that, in practice,...

Why do some executives not consider safety an important priority?

Getting executives working together to enhance the organization’s safety processes starts at the very top with effective leadership. This leadership must exhibit the...

How can I get employees more involved in the risk assessment plan?

It is critically important that all companies have comprehensive risk assessment plans in place, as part of their comprehensive workplace safety programs. Although these...

What are some of the indirect costs of accidents?

Workplace accidents are costly for everyone involved. One study found that businesses spend about $170 billion every year on costs associated with occupational illnesses...

When do workers have the right to refuse to work?

According to most occupational health and safety acts in the U.S., Canada and other countries, workers have the right to refuse work when they feel a workplace is unsafe...

How do you create a culture of safety in your workplace?

A culture of safety goes far beyond statistics outlining how many accidents or fatalities have happened in a workplace. It is not merely about numbers or impressive...

What are the safety benefits of a whistleblower program?

Whistleblowers have always been a subject of controversy. A 2011 study, however, found that more than 38 percent of employees witness wrongdoing in the workplace and...

What’s the difference between preventative maintenance and reactive maintenance?

Maintenance is an essential part of keeping equipment performing effectively and for as long as possible. Maintenance is inevitably associated with both downtime and...

What type of safety record-keeping and recording should we be doing?

The question of which type of safety records to keep and the best ways to record them is an important one, and the answer is more complex than you might think.Minimum...

Can implementing a rigorous safety culture actually reduce costs?

One of the of the easiest ways to reduce cost is to cut the cost of your insurance premiums. Many companies don’t recognize that insurance costs are controllable costs –...

Video Q&A - What's your safety network like?

I want to ask you a question: What's your safety network like? Most of us don't like going it alone with any endeavor, especially when it comes to keeping people safe....

Why do workers take risks?

What a great question I’ve actually talked with a lot of executive, managers, people in leadership roles about this very question. Why do workers take risks? It just...