Safety Culture in the News

The implementation of leadership style to build health and safety culture in Aviation…

Airlines are high-reliability organizations (HRO) evolving in an ultra-competitive and regulated environment where market differentiation is challenging (e.g., a limited option of original equipment manufacturers (OEM), routes) and thin profit margins.

Often they are defined by their business models (i.e., legacy carrier (LC) or low-cost carrier (LCC)).

Because the industry is in perpetual motion and is publicly visible as most airlines care about their brand image, the slightest mismatch could result in financial, operational, and safety disasters.

For instance, the recent fiasco of the Boeing 737 MAX causing the loss of 346 souls is more than a technology failure. There were indications of real deep problems that have their roots in the organization’s leadership.

Keep safety culture personal, Campbell Forum panelists tell attendees…

Orlando, FL — Creating or cultivating safety culture at organizations of all sizes is a people-intense exercise that requires caring about and regularly checking in with workers.

I. David Daniels, president and CEO of ID2 Solutions, and Steven Schoolcraft, corporate vice president of safety, health and environment at Parsons Corp., amplified that view above all Oct. 11 while speaking during the Campbell Institute Forum at the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo at the Orange County Convention Center.

“If you don’t care about your employees from a safety perspective, you probably don’t care much about them in terms of their production either,” Daniels said. “Because you don’t care enough to be able to create the safe environment so they can give their best, you look at them as a cog, you look at them as a machine. But if you’re concerned about them as a whole human being, you’re concerned about the role that they play in the company or the organization,” you then show your investment.

Blue Origin is taking William Shatner to space — but can it distract from internal criticism?…

William Shatner, famous for his role as Captain James Kirk in “Star Trek,” is going for a ride on the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. However, recent allegations by a group of current and former Blue Origin employees may make him think again of going on a 10-minute suborbital hop into the final frontier.

Writing for the Lioness, Alexandra Abrams and 20 other current and former Blue Origin employees describe an alleged toxic corporate culture at Blue Origin rife with sexism, sexual harassment and favoritism. However, one item that may concern Shatner and the other three people who will be riding the New Shepard into space on Oct. 12, is whether the New Shepard is as safe as it could be.

“In the opinion of an engineer who has signed on to this essay, ‘Blue Origin has been lucky that nothing has happened so far.’ Many of this essay’s authors say they would not fly on a Blue Origin vehicle.” The article makes a reference to the dysfunctional safety culture that existed at NASA just prior to the Challenger disaster. In response to the article, the FAA has opened an investigation. On the other hand, New Shepard has launched and landed 17 times with only one partial failure that would not have resulted in loss of life had there been a crew in the capsule.

ADVERTISEMENT The notion that Blue Origin’s corporate culture is toxic would tend to explain why the company is experiencing such a high turnover. According to a story in CNBC, the uptick in resignations has been directly attributed to the leadership of Bob Smith, the CEO handpicked by owner Jeff Bezos.

California American Water Reminds Customers to Verify Utility Worker Identification…

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–California American Water cares about the safety of its employees and customers. We want to remind customers, that thieves sometimes pose as utility workers to rob homes or con money from unsuspecting customers.

“California American Water has established an uncompromising safety culture and always puts the best interests of our employees and customers first” Tweet this “California American Water has established an uncompromising safety culture and always puts the best interests of our employees and customers first,” said California American Water President Rich Svindland. “Nothing is more important to our company than ensuring the health and safety of our employees and customers.”

All California American Water field service personnel wear uniforms, drive vehicles with the California American Water logo and wear photo identification badges containing the company’s brand name.…

Dan Strand admits he went through an evolution of understanding that WorkSafeBC’s job is more than just building programs and that it also supports leaders in establishing a better safety culture.

This involves building workers’ confidence in safety programs. “The worker’s voice is so important,” says Strand, Director of Prevention Field Services at WorkSafeBC. “I have an understanding of how programs evolve, and how that voice needs to be brought to the table so that [workers] feel they’re part of the solution.”

Strand oversees a team of around 380 occupational safety and hygiene officers that are located all around the province inspecting workplaces.

As opposed to OHS organizations in certain other provinces, in B.C. workplace compensation and prevention are under the same umbrella. “We’re all one happy family here,” says Strand.

Safety Day Sets the Standard for Incoming Chemistry Graduate Students…

Outdoors, in the fire extinguisher training station, incoming graduate students hoisted red canisters of carbon dioxide to snuff out flames in a burn pan. Inside, in the pyrophoric reagents station, they witnessed a safe transfer of a highly flammable chemical from one flask to another via a Iuer-syringe and balloons. And at the gas cylinder station, they watched gas escape from a pressure vessel – a potential hazard for fires, explosions, poisoning, and cold or chemical burns.

Dangerous scenarios were staged across the six teaching labs and courtyard of the Sterling Chemistry Laboratory (SCL) on Aug. 30 for the 7th annual Safety Day, emphasizing an eye-opening reality: chemists must practice safety precautions vigilantly when conducting hazardous research.

“Safety Day is an annual event put on by the Yale Chemistry Joint Safety Team (JST) and Yale Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) to promote safety culture through resources, demos, and trainings,” said Jessica Freeze. “For the incoming graduate students, it is their first exposure to safety in the department and serves to set the standard they should expect throughout their time here.”

  • jessica freeze, fifth-year phd candidate, president of jst, and event co-chair

Poor safety culture at Limerick rowing club ‘a contributory factor’ in incident which left girl (12) with life-changing injuries – report…

THE poor safety culture at a Limerick rowing club was a contributory factor in an incident that led to a 12-year-old girl suffering life-changing injuries, an investigation has found.

Amy Mulcahy became trapped under a rowing boat after it capsized on the River Shannon in February 2019.

The brave schoolgirl defied the odds to survive. She has since been described by her mother Sharon as her “miracle princess”.

A report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) said contributory and causative factors for the incident extended beyond the decisions of the coaches on the day “to the higher levels of club culture” and the ethos of the sport’s governing body, Rowing Ireland.

It said the absence of a viable safety culture within Athlunkard Boat Club in Limerick and its “complacent and hands-off” attitude towards safety during activities on the river contributed to the incident. The collective inexperience of the young crew was also a risk and contributory factor.

ISO 19443 - the future of quality management for the nuclear supply chain…

A nuclear safety culture

It is vital that the entire supply chain demonstrates a sound safety culture. The Institute of Nuclear Power Operations states that: “Nuclear safety is a collective responsibility. No one in the organisation is exempt from the obligation to ensure safety first.” It defines a safety culture as: “An organisation’s values and behaviours — modelled by its leaders and internalised by its members — that serve to make nuclear safety the overriding priority.” ISO 19443’s primary purposes are to increase the safety culture within the nuclear industry and harmonise supplier assessments, such as auditing processes. The standard will improve suppliers’ understanding of quality requirements needed by nuclear, standardise these requirements across the world and facilitate their acceptance by regulatory bodies. This will help to create long-term, sustainable relationships between licensees and their suppliers.

Perspective: How to Retain Drivers in a Tight Field…

You’ve built the best team of drivers of your career. They’re safe, reliable, efficient — and happy to be on board. You’re ready to enjoy the benefits of a stable, productive fleet.

But competitors keep trying to lure them away. With supply chains stretched to capacity as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic, demand to haul freight and an accompanying need for drivers are both soaring.

Industrywide, truck driver turnover remains at a historic high. Drivers are leaving fleets for better wages, benefits or more convenient shifts. So, how are you going to keep that great team of drivers intact?

Prioritize safety: It goes without saying but — safety first. Be sure you’re checking all the boxes, and manage your fleet with your drivers’ well-being at top of mind. That means making sure that your drivers are properly trained to operate your fleet’s vehicles and maintain a steady schedule of training updates. Follow maintenance schedules to ensure your vehicles are roadworthy. Check tires, perform daily walk-arounds and the like.

Make it known their actions matter and safety is your top priority. Build a safety culture that engages with drivers on their routes. And use technology to check for dangerous road conditions and driving. By incorporating these safety features and processes, you are not only ensuring your drivers feel safe and secure, but also valued.

And drivers are more willing to stay at a company when this culture of safety is established and consistently practiced. By not investing in a safety culture, drivers will leave for other fleets that make this a priority.

Facebook Whistleblower Drops Bombshell And SEC Suit Alleging Culture Of Profit Over User Safety… Haugen, a data scientist and former product manager at Facebook, has revealed herself as the source of a treasure trove of seemingly damning documents alleging that the social network “chooses profit over safety.” It does this by “optimizing for content that gets engagement, or reaction,” even when that content is knowingly harmful, based the social network’s own research, she says. The former product manager was hired in 2019 after being recruited by Facebook. She told 60 Minutes that she accepted the job only after being assured she could help Facebook quell misinformation, due to losing a friend to a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories. We all know those knows kinds of people, and they tend to post and share conspiracy theories on social media sites (Facebook included). This is a notion Apple CEO Tim Cook touched on earlier this year, suggesting that “rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories [are] juiced by algorithms.” Disturbed by what she saw, Haugen began secretly copying tens of thousands of documents, which she anonymously shared with The Wall Street Journal. She also filed eight complaints (and possibly more) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last month.


That lofty goal ran into a buzzsaw today with the publication of an essay by 21 current and former company employees accusing top company officials of sexual harrassment and a lax safety culture. Alexandra Abrams, former head of Blue Origin employee communications, is the only one who put her name on the essay, but said it represented 20 others from various parts of the Blue Origin organization.

Many of the complaints are directed at the company’s personnel policies particularly regarding sexual harassment, but some criticize the safety culture: “Many of this essay’s authors say they would not fly on a Blue Origin vehicle.”

As the essay points out, by law the FAA is limited to regulating the safety of the public, not passengers, on commercial human spaceflights. It suggests Blue Origin is not prioritizing passenger safety.

Report finds lack of evaluation for food safety training…

There is a need for a framework to evaluate the effectiveness of food safety skills and education programs, according to a report published by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

The report identified food safety training programs globally, whether they have an impact on reducing foodborne illnesses and deaths, and their use in different cultures and social settings. The study was funded by the foundation and authored by Alex Caveen, Michaela Archer and Mike Platt of RS Standards, a consultancy firm.

Current metrics tend to be developed for specific initiatives or locations. Recommendations to create a universal framework include identifying informal publications from food safety evaluation programs and drawing on existing knowledge to create guidance to monitor and evaluate food safety training. Before designing a training program, one of the first steps is to understand the specific risks through benchmarking, according to the report.

The lesser-known hydrogen roadblock: safety concerns…

The high flammability of hydrogen – a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas – has prompted EU lawmakers to ensure that potential safety issues do not stymie the market uptake of this rather novel energy carrier.

The European Commission sees clean hydrogen as “a vital missing piece of the puzzle” to decarbonise heavy industries like steelmaking and help the EU meet its 2050 climate neutrality objective.

One key issue though is safety: the gas is highly flammable meaning transport and use must follow strict protocols.

“For the successful development of an EU hydrogen economy, high safety standards must be established,” says Angelika Niebler, a German lawmaker from the European People’s Party (EPP), the centre-right political group in the European Parliament.

Technologies must first be safe if they are to be trusted, she told EURACTIV.

Niebler is one of the lawmakers behind an EU parliament report on the European Commission’s proposed hydrogen strategy tabled in July last year.

The European Parliament is “strongly convinced that public acceptance is key to the successful creation of a hydrogen economy,” the report states, calling for measures to promote a strong safety culture in the hydrogen value chain.

FAAN MD Harps On Training, Retraining of Stakeholders In Air Transport…

September 29, (THEWILL) – The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reiterated its commitment to passenger safety and the need to ensure stakeholders in the air transport chain receive constant training. … Yabudu, represented by the airport manager, Murtala Mohammad International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, Mrs Victoria Shin-Aba, noted that safety is key and can only be guaranteed when everyone observes safety practices.

He explained that trained staff are guaranteed to prevent accidents at airports, adding that a well-trained staff equals safe passengers. …. Mrs Shin-Aba disclosed that ACI Africa chose September 2021 to celebrate Safety Week in all airports in Africa.

She said the objectives for this year’s ACI safety week were to adopt an inclusive approach by involving all internal and external stakeholders whose activities impacted safety directly or indirectly and promote the airport’s safety culture by sharing experiences and knowledge.

Assessment of Attitude of Primary Care Medical Staff Toward Patient Safety Culture in Primary Health-care Centers–—Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia…

Introduction: An effective leadership is critical to the development of a safety culture within an organization. Patient safety in primary health care is an emerging field of research of increasing importance. Objective: This study has been conducted to explore the safety culture attitude toward patient safety to improve the quality and patient safety in primary health-care centers. Methods: A cross-sectional survey involving 288 medical staff in primary health-care centers in Al-Ahsa was conducted using an Arabic translated safety attitude questionnaire to assess the safety attitudes among health care center staff toward patient safety culture.


Construction is a dangerous profession. Workers expose themselves to many different materials, elements, and fumes daily. So it’s not wise to overlook safety precautions. Read these ways to improve the safety culture in a construction company to protect your workers from any potential harm. These tips go a long way to improve the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved.

Finding sympathy in the statistics: Views from Dave Theno Fellow Jaime Ragos…

Statistics never account for the trauma or years of suffering that follow foodborne illnesses. While here, at Food Safety News, we try to keep you informed of the numbers, the recalls, and the science, we also recognize that the most important aspect of food safety is protecting lives.

How do we grab people’s attention and make them invest in learning and understanding food safety? By showing them the personal stories of those who have been affected.

“You feel the impact when you talk to someone about these stories, you feel the hurt and pain,” 2019-2021 Dave Theno Fellow Jaime Ragos told Food Safety News. “I know for me, the biggest one is whenever I hear about a mother miscarrying a child from Listeria. It could have happened 20 years ago, and they still feel the pain of losing that child.”

Safety of Work podcast Ep.82 Why do we audit so much?…

It’s Modelling the Micro-Foundations of the Audit Society: Organizations and the Logic of the Audit Trail by Michael Power. This paper gets us thinking about why organizations do audits in the first place seeing as it has been proven to often decrease the efficiency of the actual process being audited. We discuss the negatives as well as the positives of audits - which both help explain why audits continue to be such a big part of safety management in organizations. Topics:

What kinds of audits are happening Why is the number of audits increasing? Why do we keep doing audits when they seemingly do not help productivity. Academia and publication metrics The audit society The foundations of an audit trail The process model of an audit trail The problem with audit trails. Going from push to pull when audits are initiated Why is it easier for some organizations to adopt auditing processes than others? Displacement from goals to methods Audits help different organizations line up their way of thinking Practical takeaways

Building Habits through Lab Safety Activities…

Consistent safety activities have the potential to create a stronger safety culture. When lab management fully embraces these tools, the benefits can include decreased injuries, increased morale and productivity, and improved cost savings. How can safety activities contribute to a stronger safety culture? Consider this: Major League Baseball players practice similar drills as Little Leaguers. By turning the fundamentals into habits, professionals and amateurs alike can focus on more complex tasks. This lesson applies to all aspects of life, including a safe laboratory environment.

The following safety activities are options for companies to consider implementing. These activities should be completed consistently with intention and recorded for the sake of accountability.

Championing food safety culture in hemp…

The hemp industry can be a challenging field to work in given its relative infancy and accompanying patchwork of quickly evolving regulations. Although there are unique challenges in hemp, instilling and cultivating a strong food safety culture involves similar processes, education and resources used in countless other industries. In this article, Socati’s Quality Manager, Rachael Kropp, suggests how to encourage such a culture.

From day one, manufacturers need to prioritise traceability and quality, plus ensure that Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are at the core of all operations. Socati bases its quality system on principles already in existence — looking towards food safety rules and regulations. Socati started with 21CFR110 (GMP for manufacturing, packaging or holding human food) and 21CFR117 (GMP for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food), which are the backbone of its operations. Although neither GMP codes were built for hemp, these strict standards for human food should be the minimum requirement for hemp operations.

Liebherr puts fatigue in mining to rest…

Liebherr-Australia executive general manager customer service – mining, Tony Johnstone, says it’s in the company’s DNA to ensure safety is a key part of its workforce’s day-to-day activities.

“At Liebherr, safety is not just one person’s responsibility, it’s everybody’s,” Johnstone tells Safe to Work.

“The key is engagement from the most senior of our leadership positions down.

“We see safety as being part of everybody’s role. Visibility and active participation by all of our leadership groups is imperative to our strategy for a safe work environment and desire for a safe work culture.”

Safety time-out needed after second fatal Tuas blast this year: Labour MP…

SINGAPORE - There has been an alarming rise in workplace accidents and deaths this year, said National Trades Union Congress assistant secretary-general Melvin Yong on Saturday (Sept 25).

He said in a Facebook post the recent blast at Tuas Incineration Plant was a grim reminder of this.

For at least the third time this year, the labour MP called on companies here to conduct safety time-outs and to reassess their work processes.

Thursday’s blast at the National Environment Agency (NEA)-owned plant left one worker dead and two seriously injured.

Mr Yong urged all companies to work with labour unions to train safe management officers to become dedicated workplace safety and health representatives.

This is so that a good safety culture can be instilled at the workplace, he said.

Meanwhile, workplace safety experts lamented that the blast occurred while an inquiry into another fatal explosion in a Tuas industrial building was ongoing.

Inside the battle to change a prestigious theater festival’s ‘broken’ culture…

For more than 60 years, hundreds of young artists have spent their summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, hoping to start their careers on the right foot. Frequented by influential vacationers to the Berkshires, the months-long event is considered a rare opportunity for up-and-coming actors to share scenes with Tony Award winners, for emerging directors to learn from industry titans. Work the festival and securing gigs in the industry will be easier, thanks to the company’s standing, its vast network and its proved track record of transferring productions to New York City. Sure, the pay is low — or nonexistent — but the payoff is known to be well worth it.

Or is it? Recent complaints and subsequent interviews with 25 current and former festival staffers, department heads, apprentices and interns reveal not a professional springboard but a development program that exposes artists-in-training to repeated safety hazards and a toxic work culture under the guise of prestige.

In an eight-page letter and accompanying appendix, sent to the festival’s leadership and board in February and obtained by The Times, 75 alumni alleged a pattern of dangerous working conditions and demanded changes to its treatment of young arts workers. “It wasn’t just one summer. It wasn’t just one production. It wasn’t just one bad apple,” read the letter. “The system that sustains Williamstown Theatre Festival is deeply broken.”

Crash or accident?…

There seems to be a lot of traffic crashes lately, and whether that’s attributable to the pandemic, a growing population or something else is anyone’s guess. The most likely explanation is that it’s the result of a lot of different factors.

There have not, however, been a lot of accidents lately — at least not if you ask the Virginia State Police.

That’s because the state police recently began a push for journalists to replace the word “accident” with “crash” when reporting on a traffic incident.

The reason for that request? Only rarely are traffic crashes truly accidental in nature, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya states in a paragraph she has recently begun appending to nearly all of her news releases about crashes on Virginia highways.

Most crashes are the result of a driver’s choice to, say, drive drunk or distracted, speed, run a stop sign or red light, make a sudden lane change too close to other vehicles, try to make it across the lanes before the cars that are coming, or some other unsafe move.

Changing the way we talk about and write about these incidents is important, Anaya implies in her statement. It’s “just one small, but significant, part” of a comprehensive approach by the governor’s Executive Leadership Team on Highway Safety. Changing the state’s “highway safety culture” could result in reduced fatalities and injuries on Virginia’s roads.

UGI Utilities celebrates opening of New Learning Center in Bern Township…

UGI Utilities, Inc. celebrated the official opening of its new Learning Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony today in Bern Township.

“The new state-of-the-art Learning Center represents a significant milestone in UGI’s commitment to enhancing our safety culture,” Hans Bell, UGI President, said. “In addition, this facility will provide the best possible preparation for our current and future workforce and constitutes an important investment for UGI Utilities as we move forward.”

The facility is located on a 40-acre tract on Stinson Road, bordering Route 222.

The $37 million complex is anchored by a 47,500 square foot Learning Center Building. The Learning Center Building includes six classrooms and two lecture rooms that can open into a single large space that can seat approximately 135 people in a classroom-style setting.

Four labs within the building will accommodate specific UGI departments, including Construction and Maintenance, Safety, Service, and Meter and Regulation training programs.