Safety culture can be distilled into nine characteristics predictive of safety outcomes. By tracking performance across these characteristics, companies can measure their performance against the world's most successful safety organizations, both within industry and without. More importantly, they can identify gaps in their culture and breakdowns in their safety performance, thereby establishing clear goals to overcoming them and achieving safety objectives.

To improve safety performance and create lasting change in organizational culture, leaders can focus on developing ten safety-specific leadership capabilities. These ten capabilities characterize great safety organizations and distinguish strong safety leaders.

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