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Perspectives on safety culture

Perspectives on safety culture
Perspectives on safety culture
Overviewing selected elements from the literature, this paper locates the notion of safety culture within its parent concept of organisational culture. A distinction is drawn between functionalist and interpretive perspectives on organisational culture. The terms ‘culture’ and ‘climate’ are clarified as they are typically applied to organisations and to safety. A contrast is drawn between strategic top down and data-driven bottom up approaches to human factors as an illustrative aspect of safety. A safety case study is used to illustrate two measurement approaches. Key issues for future study include valid measurement of safety culture and developing methods to adequately represent mechanisms through which safety culture might influence, and be influenced by, other safety factors.
culture, climate, safety
0925-7535
193-214
Glendon, A.I.
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Stanton, N.A.
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Glendon, A.I.
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Stanton, N.A.
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Glendon, A.I. and Stanton, N.A. (2000) Perspectives on safety culture. Safety Science, 34 (1-3), 193-214. (doi:10.1016/S0925-7535(00)00013-8).

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Overviewing selected elements from the literature, this paper locates the notion of safety culture within its parent concept of organisational culture. A distinction is drawn between functionalist and interpretive perspectives on organisational culture. The terms ‘culture’ and ‘climate’ are clarified as they are typically applied to organisations and to safety. A contrast is drawn between strategic top down and data-driven bottom up approaches to human factors as an illustrative aspect of safety. A safety case study is used to illustrate two measurement approaches. Key issues for future study include valid measurement of safety culture and developing methods to adequately represent mechanisms through which safety culture might influence, and be influenced by, other safety factors.

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Published date: February 2000
Keywords: culture, climate, safety

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Local EPrints ID: 74178
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/74178
ISSN: 0925-7535
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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:46

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