Monitoring and influencing safety through safety culture

Kerstin Eriksson, Jonas Borell

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Organizations need to make sure that their level of safety is acceptable. Therefore it is important to know which factors contribute to the level of safety and how to monitor and improve these factors. One method used today to evaluate the level of safety in organizations is safety culture measurements. In different contexts, different models of safety culture are used. Safety culture is often considered an antecedent or an indicator of safety. It is also common to consider systematic organizational learning, often including incident reporting systems, important for continuous safety improvements. To efficiently monitor and influence the level of safety through safety culture and learning activities there is a need for a model for the relationship between safety culture and safety. It is also desirable to identify more factors, beside safety culture, that contribute to the level of safety in organizations. In this paper we propose a tentative model for the relationship between safety culture and safety, focusing on cause-effect relations, with learning as a mediating factor between safety culture and safety. We also discuss the need for additional factors contributing to safety in organizations. Our present research aims to develop methods suitable for continuous safety improvements in the field of medical service organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication[Host publication title missing]
EditorsAlan Jones
PublisherNational Emergency Management Agency, Korea
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event13th TIEMS Annual Conference 2006 - Seoul, Korea
Duration: 2006 May 232006 May 25

Publication series



Conference13th TIEMS Annual Conference 2006

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Free keywords

  • safety culture
  • safety
  • safety climate
  • safety management
  • learning


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