According many safety professionals, “Safety cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes that exist at an establishment. Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, etc., which shape our behavior.”
By definition, safety culture is difficult to measure. How do you measure values, attitudes and beliefs?
Well one way is by utilizing the ISRI Blueprint Tool which facilitates a discussion among senior managers that allows them to identify for themselves the strengths and weaknesses of 14 different elements of their safety programs. These elements include:
- Management Commitment
- Safety Policies and Procedures
- Safety Metric Tracking
- Goal Setting
- Employee Involvement
- Progressive Discipline
- Incentives and Recognition
- New Employee Safety Orientation
- Incident Investigation
- Emergency Planning and Procedures
- Regulatory Compliance
- Contractor Controls
- Visitor Controls
Within the last year we have made some modifications to the Blueprint process which we believe will benefit everyone of our ISRI members. The Blueprint process now involves a scoring system which provides the facility management with a definite metric for each element. The blueprint and the element scores can now be left at each facility so that the member can do a self-review every year and track safety program improvements.
Interested in evaluating your facility’s program? Contact Elly Torabian with the Safety Department to schedule a Blueprint review by an ISRI safety staff representative.