•You always have a safety culture,
but is it a good one or a bad one?
•How do you know if you have a
good safety culture?
What are Signs of a Good
• Hard hats - They used to be, but now
they are a standard in the industry
• Safety glasses - The new trendsetter
• Housekeeping - If you can’t keep it clean,
you can’t keep it safe
What is Culture?
• It is not what you want to have
• It is not what you once had
• It is what you have now, it is what
the company represents and there is
a total buy-in of the company
The Culture is the Heart of
What a Firm Stands for
• Top Management is a definite
component in establishing of the
culture of a firm
• Does management “walk the
Does everyone in the company
believe in the zero accident
• If you believe injuries are a part of the
job, they will be
• Accidents should not be an accepted part
of a construction project
Does a Good Safety Record
Mean that the Firm has a
Strong Safety Culture?
• Usually, the answer would be yes
• Could it be that the company has been
Nobody Openly States That
They Do Not Stand For Safety
• Management may espouse the virtues of
running a safe job
• Management might verbally praise those
managers with good safety records
• All is for naught if the only criteria for
getting a huge bonus is based on profits
• Are safety goggles readily available?
• Are harnesses provided to all workers?
• Do workers police other workers?
• Is there a genuine pride in the safety
Everyone in the Firm Should
have the Same Sense of the
Culture in a Firm
• The Culture of a Firm is a Permanent
Component of the Company
To Be World Class in Safety
• Safety is not a Priority
• Safety is a Core Company Value
What do you do if the goal is to
have zero injuries and suddenly
there is an injury?
• Is this a sign of failure?
• Is there ever any recovery?
• Should the goal be changed?
Is a Zero Injury Philosophy
Will it Make a Difference?