Shaping Safety Culture

Oil & Gas Division
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29 Oct 2013

OGP Report no. 452: Shaping safety culture through leadership

The objective of this report is to raise awareness among leaders in the oil and gas industry of the way their leadership shapes Safety Culture. It explains what Safety Culture and Safety Leadership mean, and specifically describes the leadership characteristics that can influence Safety Culture.  These are credibility, action orientation, vision, accountability, communication, collaboration and feedback and recognition.  Examples of behaviours related to each of these characteristics are provided.

Guidance is also provided on the five elements that contribute to the development of a strong Safety Culture. These elements are an informed culture; a reporting culture; a learning culture; a flexible culture; and, a just culture.  

Readers are asked to consider a number of questions with a view to taking the next steps towards continual improvement in their own leadership behaviour and in shaping the Safety Culture of their organisation.