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Safety culture deficiencies


The third and probably most used additional factor is that related to deficiencies in safety culture. Safety culture has been defined as:

...that assembly of characteristics and attitudes in organizations and individuals which establishes that, as an overriding priority, protection and safety issues receive the attention warranted by their significance

Application of the Management System for Facilities and Activities, No. GS-G-3.1 Safety Guide

Almost everything can be related back to human error and it is important here to establish that the issue is related to safety culture.

On the other hand, it is important not to limit such considerations to 'errors' by operators. It is not about blaming the person making the mistake. For example the issue may relate to training or inadequate resources from management.

To merit an increase in rating,
the event has to be considered a real indicator
of an issue with the safety culture.

A number of examples of indicators of deficiencies in safety culture are shown on the next page.