Are safety culture assessments really necessary?

Frank W. Guldenmund*

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Since the introduction of the concept of culture in the safety domain, much effort has been put into its assessment. Such assessments are typically carried out to come to a diagnosis and, possibly, a culture improvement. While the relationship between culture and behavior remains ambiguous and the odds of steering a culture into a desirable direction are equally uncertain, the development process of culture might offer more solace. Skipping the assessment altogether, the process offers both cultural insight and opportunities to influence the culture more towards a culture for safety. To establish such a culture, it is important that people can voice their concerns and share information openly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors - Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors
EditorsPedro Arezes
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319605241
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAHFE 2017 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, 2017 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)21945357


ConferenceAHFE 2017 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Humble inquiry
  • Influencing safety culture
  • Safety culture
  • Safety culture assessment
  • Safety culture development

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