Safety culture and safety climate are related yet different concepts, the use of which could be confusing. This blog will further explain the distinction in these two concepts and their implications for safety leaders.
Safety culture embodies “the deeply held, but often unspoken, safety-related beliefs, attitudes and values that interact with an organization’s systems, practices, people and leadership to establish norms about how things are done in the organization,” according to the Center for Construction Research (CPWR). In a strong safety culture, safety comes first and is embedded as a fundamental value of an organization. Companies that focus on building a strong safety culture are taking the proactive approach to ensure productive and safe jobsites, as opposed to reactively address the issue after an incident has happened.