What is safety culture?
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What is safety culture?

The term ‘safety culture’ first emerged following the International Atomic Energy Agency’s initial report into the Chernobyl disaster (IAEA, 1986).  Despite a wealth of information, articles and reports relating to safety culture, there remains no universal definition or model. 

Safety culture has been defined in a variety of ways, including:

•  ‘The way we do things around here’ (Confederation of British Industry (CBI) 1990);
•  ‘A set of attitudes, beliefs or norms’ (Turner, 1989);
•  ‘A constructed system of meaning (or shared understanding) through which the hazards of the 
world are understood’ (Pidgeon, 1998);
•  ‘A safety ethic’ (Wert, 1986).