Evaluating Safety Culture And Sms Implementation

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Assessing Safety Culture & SMS Implementation Safety culture is defined as consisting “of shared beliefs, practices and attitudes, that exist at an establishment. Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, etc.” (Middlesworth, M., February 19). In recent years, safety culture has become an aspect which most, if not all, companies and organizations require in order to succeed. What is difficult is how to measure or assess the safety culture currently present in that organization. What one can do to assess whether or not a company promotes a positive safety culture is to look at 6 critical components: organizational commitment, managerial involvement, employee empowerment, accountability system, communication and a reporting system. A successful company with a positive safety culture will consist of the majority of the aforementioned components. Without these elements, a company’s safety culture will appear non-existent and even if a safety management system is utilized, it may not be enough to promote the proper safety culture. By identifying specific characteristics of each component we will be able to recognize how to build a positive safety culture and how to implement an effective SMS. Discussion Organizational Commitment An individual’s drive to excel within an organization is known as organizational commitment. Most people find their commitment driven by their affection towards their line of work (affective commitment). As we know, in aviation,
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