Organizational culture is simply known as ‘the way we do things around here’. Culture is developed over the time and evolves as people transit through the organization. It is an uphill task to transform organizational culture when this is not desirable, with regards to safety, it becomes even more important that the right mindset and behaviours are modelled across the organizational strata as these are fundamental to keeping people, asset and the environment safe. When focus is placed on keeping safety track records, personnel become wary of reporting incidents for fear of toppling the safety performance. Another factor that contributes to under reporting is the attitude of the leaders when receiving ‘bad news’ of an incident, excessive questioning, blame culture and consequence management for failures creates an environment of fear and inability to intervene in unsafe conditions.

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