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Being Clear about Operational Risk - This article explores how a cultural approach can be applied to risk in the finance industry - The melt-down of 2009 could have been avoided if the approach had been widely applied as suggested back in 1999!
Conducting a Safety Survey - This article discusses the practicalites involved in developing, distributing and analysing a safety survey
Evidence From Safety Culture That Risk Perception is Culturally Determined - This article presents the results of numerous safety surveys and identifies the different 'frames of reference' of employees, managers and safety professionals risk perception.
Exploratory Analysis of the Safety Climate and Safety Behavior Relationship - This case study shows the relationship of safety survey topics to actual safety behavior. The Importance of Safety Training was the only topic shown to be predicitve of people's safety behavior 'on-the-ground' on two occassions, 12 months apart.
Goal-Setting for Safety - This article outlines how to make effective use of goal-setting to improve safety performance.
Human Factors in Accidents - This article examines the role of human factors in the quarrying industry, though the suggestions are universally applicable to all
Improving Safety Culture; A Practical Guide (Book). The book outlines practical strategies for developing and improving organizational safety culture
Measurement of Safety Climate: A Component Analysis - Outlines the measurement topics for safety surveys and their rationale.
Measuring and Improving Safety Culture - Brief overview of a Safety Culture model, outlining the case for its sound measurement.
Psychology, Risk & Safety - Examines the influences Personality has on at-risk behavior.
Risk Based Safety Cultures in Industry: Do you have one? - Article argues that a complete Risk Management system is required to eliminate major catastophes (e.g. Buncefield, Deepwater Horizon) and outlines the components.
Risk-weighted 'Safety Culture Profiling®' - Presents a 'real' Safety Culture Profile from an organization showing the ease of application and utility of the reciprocal Safety Culture model presented in 'Towards a Model of Safety Culture' (see below)
Safety Culture, Advice and Performance - Presents an IOSH research report from Cardiff University, Wales, examining the links between Safety Culture, Safety Advice and Safety Performance
Safety Culture: Understanding a Difficult Concept - presents an article on the reciprocal Safety Culture model from a practitioners perspective, rather than an academic perspective.
Surfacing Your Safety Culture - Shows strategy and data for the development of the Safety Culture Profiling® method that is the link between the articles 'Towards a Model of Safety Culture' and "Risk-weighted Safety Culture Profiling'. Ties the Safety Culture concept and methods to accident causation and Safety Management System models.
There is More to Safety Than Avoiding Unplanned Costs - Examines the link between safety and productivity in the construction industry.
Towards a Model of Safety Culture - presents a theoretical framework to facilitate research on the concept of Safety Culture. Well received, this work has been used around the world in numerous industries and in many academic endeavours.
Treating Safety as a Value - This article examines what 'safety as a value' means and suggests strategies to 'bring the concept to life'.
Working at Heights: A Psychological Perspective - Explores people's fear of heights and how that may be a causal factor in workplace incidents involving falls.