A another Excellent Read By My Good Friend Phil La Duke
By Phil La Duke
Creating a safety culture is all the rage today, and whether you are a snake oil shyster or an organizational psychologist working in safety everyone seems to agree that we need to create cultures of safety to be successful in reducing injuries. I don’t know about you, but I get a more than a bit nervous when everyone agrees on a single course of action.
The concept of a “safety culture” in itself is both widely known and impossibly vague. In broad strokes a safety culture is a state where “safety” is a shared value. I put the word “safety” in quotes because it is the most basic definition of our profession and the most poorly defined. I have had people define it as the absence of injuries, but that doesn’t necessarily make one safe. I have been in plenty of unsafe situations where…
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