August 5, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Can You Demonstrate a Strong Safety Culture?

“Safety Culture” has been a topic of increasing interest since the term was first used in the report on the Chernobyl accident.

In 2004, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) published “Principles for a Strong Nuclear Safety Culture.” It outlines INPO’s expectations for utilities to maintain a strong, positive safety culture. See the document here:

http://www.efcog.org/wg/ism_pmi/docs/Safety_Culture/Dec07/INPO%20PrinciplesForStrongNuclearSafetyCulture.pdf

Outside the nuclear industry, safety culture has also been a topic of interest.

The Baker Panel report on the BP Texas City explosion was critical of the BP safety culture. See the document below:

http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/reports_and_publications/presentations/STAGING/local_assets/pdf/Baker_panel_report.pdf
Baker Panel Report

From the INPO report, the principles for a strong nuclear safety culture are:

1. Everyone is personally responsible for nuclear safety.

2. Leaders demonstrate commitment to safety.

3. Trust permeates the organization.

4. Decision-making reflects safety first.

5. Nuclear technology is recognized as special and unique.

6. A questioning attitude is cultivated.

7. Organizational learning is embraced.

8. Nuclear safety undergoes constant examination.

These are similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commissions work on nuclear safety culture, a sample of which is contained in this document:

Nrc-2009-0485-0001-1

Organizational learning (which includes root cause analysis) is my favorite safety culture topic. Here’s a quote from the above NRC document:

The organization maintains a continuous learning environment in which opportunities to improve safety and security are sought out and implemented. For example, individuals are encouraged to develop and maintain current their professional and technical knowledge, skills, and abilities and to remain knowledgeable of industry standards and innovative practices. Personnel seek out and implement opportunities to improve safety and security performance.”

I added the bold to the text. And let me highligft it even more…

How do YOU demonstrate a good safety culture? For organizational learning, how do YOU:

  • Maintain your skills?
  • Remain knowledgeable of industry standards?
  • Learn new innovative practices?

And do you do this ONLY in your industry or do you look for learning across industries to find best practices?

Let me suggest a way to do all of this:

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Those who have attended the Summit and one of the pre-Summit special courses know that it’s a great place to maintain and advance your skills, network across industries, and learn best practices from around the world.

Therefore attending the Summit is a great way to show that you are supporting a strong safety culture.

Don’t contribute to a bad safety culture … Sign up for the Summit today. Register here:

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