Why establishing a safety culture is vested on appropriate safety behaviours
A while ago, I came across a blog which read,’ does culture really matter,' and on that occasion culture never really mattered until I discovered a seemingly unstoppable upward trend in construction accidents, incidence or near misses amid a growing emphasis on establishing a total safety culture alongside existing management systems that install a head of safety at the forefront of maintaining safety. Most definitions of culture have been less convincing and a definition of safety culture can only be described as a definition of safety + a definition of culture, but for the purpose of this discussion I will only cite a simple definition of culture as ',the way it is around here'. Of late accidents in construction projects are often blamed on a catalogue of factors that include failures in management systems and other contributory factors linked to human behaviour, for example; 'we have always done things this way', the reason why many organisations now believe, they not only need a safety officer and safety committees, but an established total safety culture. The creation of a safety culture entails much more than the implementation of safety systems across the organisation, but development of the desired employee behaviours which are vested on the organisation's values and norms. Discuss how you can influence appropriate safety behaviours among your project teams, and also focus on fundamental aspects of human resource practice that can aid establishment of a total safety culture.