It is no longer enough to simply have safety rules, training and protocols in effect. Today, companies must foster a comprehensive safety environment that goes from the top of the company all the way down to the bottom.
Dodge Data & Analytics' SmartMarket Report takes a look at 33 indicators including of a safety culture including: measures of management commitment to safety and health, worker involvement in jobsite safety, company communications on safety, and the degree to which safety is treated as a fundamental company value. These indicators provide a spectrum that shows high, medium, and low levels of engagement:
While this reveals that we still have work to do as an industry before safety cultures are prevalent at most companies, it also shows that enough companies now have a strong safety culture in place to begin to identify best practices and inspire improvements that will benefit the entire industry.