Safety culture assessment and development

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Safety culture assessment enables the continuous improvement of an organisation’s safety performance according to international standards.

Key facts

Technical excellence alone does not prevent accidents.

It is hard for organisations to unearth their own shared cultural assumptions about safety.

There is a need to adopt a systemic approach to safety with focus on interactions between people, technology and organisations.

Safety is more than the absence of accidents and incidents. It is a dynamic capability to succeed under varying conditions. Safety culture refers to shared assumptions, values and practices with regard to safety, shaping the overall safety potential of a sociotechnical system.  

Assuring a good safety culture in organisations or inter-organisational projects with complex supply chains can be challenging. VTT’s independent assessment with Design for Integrated Safety Culture model provides insights on the cultural characteristics and potential blind spots. We support regulators, operators and other stakeholders to improve organisational safety performance, including management system, leadership, and culture for safety.

VTT provides independent and science-based safety culture assessment to support organisational development.

The assessment can be tailored to all needs, for instance the lifecycle phases of a nuclear power plant project and different stakeholders’ needs. At VTT, social scientists and technical experts work together to ensure a systemic approach to safety, as well as efficient and reliable processes. VTT is an impartial partner with extensive experience on different regulatory requirements and working across cultures. 

Take a look at what one of our clients has said about us: 

VTT has been a reliable, competent, independent and flexible partner with a safety culture evaluation model and approach that is suitable regarding the STUK requirements. Further the use of the same model and approach is useful regarding following up the development of safety culture.
STUK, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland