Publication: Safety & Health Magazine
Issue: May 2012
Question: How can safety managers measure, and then impact, workplace safety cultures?
Answer: It is very difficult – if not impossible – to measure culture directly. Cultural surveys do measure employees’ perceptions; however, a more common and less expensive method is to measure “cultural proxies” such as near misses, closure of open items and safety inspections.
Safety inspections (or behavioral observations) provide a large quantity of these proxies through the data gathered every day, in almost every organization, from around the world. Although collected, very few organizations make use of this valuable observation intelligence. Through predictive analytics, safety professionals can use the intelligence gathered from inspections and observations, in real-time, to measure and impact their cultures. Read the full article here or download a PDF version here.