A safety culture with justice - a way to improve safety performance - issue 196

Issue Number: 196


A Just Safety Culture as it relates to industrial safety has been defined as 'a way of thinking that promotes a questioning attitude, is resistant to complacency, is committed to excellence and fosters both personal accountability and corporate self-regulation in safety matters.' This concept combined with monitoring of equipment and procedures and sharing accident information, now being successfully developed in the aviation industry, could well be adopted in the petrochemical industry although the introduction of these ideas would have to be accepted by the regulatory and legal bodies. A Culture of Justice approach in the petrochemical industry would assist the reporting of incidents in a disciplined manner and allow the sharing of lessons learnt.

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