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Safety culture

IET factfile: Health and Safety - Safety Culture

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

In recent years it has become fashionable to talk about Safety Culture but what does this term mean. The immediate causes of accidents are often identified as human error or technical failure but the investigation and analysis of the circumstances surrounding major accidents such as the Texas Oil Refinery accident, the loss of the Shuttles Challenger and Columbia, and various civil engineering, transport and nuclear incidents have revealed issues beyond the immediate causes. These issues relate to wider considerations of the organisation as a whole.