The Safety Climate Tool (SCT) is an on-line survey software
tool that helps companies measure their safety culture and provides
evidence-based improvement suggestions at the click of a
Increasingly multinational companies are choosing to use the
SCT to measure the safety culture of their workforce outside the
UK. To facilitate this demand, the SCT is now available in a wide
range of languages.
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What is safety culture and why is it important?
One way of describing safety culture is: "The way things are
done around here." It's a combination of all the attitudes,
beliefs, values, taboos, peer pressure and perceptions that your
organisation holds, that influence how something is
actually done where you work, rather than how it
should be done.
Health and safety professionals are increasingly looking at
human factors, specifically 'safety culture' because of its ability
to influence health and safety performance.
How can I measure my safety culture?
Safety culture is typically measured through questionnaires that
explore an individual's attitudes and perceptions regarding
The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), part of the Health and
Safety Executive, has developed the 'Safety Climate Tool' that does
exactly that. 'Safety climate' describes a snapshot of the safety
culture at a particular point in time.
HSL's Safety Climate Tool (SCT) is a reliable and robust
psychometric instrument for measuring safety climate. It's an
online questionnaire that consists of 40 statements that map onto
eight key factors that measure employee's attitudes on health and
safety issues. The tool can be tailored to the user's organisation
with bespoke questions and branding.
Once the survey is complete, the tool produces a series of
automated charts that allow detailed analysis of the results. The
software also generates a written summary report highlighting the
key findings from the survey, and providing hints and tips to
improve the organisation's safety culture.
The report also compares your organisation's SCT scores against
other organisations using the tool, and HSL can access the large
database of SCT scores to provide more specific data for companies
wishing to benchmark their performance against others.
Does an improved Safety Culture really reduce accidents?
The Safety Climate Tool has been used for years by many
For example a tailored version of the Safety Climate Tool was
used during the preparations for London 2012, particularly among
the co-ordinated contractors involved in the 'Big Build' of the
Olympic Park. The workforce on the East London site peaked at
12,000 and a total of 30,000 people worked on the project.
Lawrence Waterman was the head of health and safety at the
Olympic Delivery Authority and he describes his experience with the
safety climate surveys:
"The climate surveys were invaluable to us. Too much
time is spent discussing both culture and leading indicators in
vague and imprecise ways - prejudice not evidence. The data we
obtained from each project team and across the programme's
workforce meant that we could take specific initiatives to develop
the safety culture, and we knew that attitudes and perceptions
on-site were a wonderful pain-free surrogate for reacting after
accidents had occurred. The data and its analysis told us where we
were going, and identified opportunities for
A healthy safety culture is not, in itself, a legal requirement,
but safety climate assessment is recognised as important as it has
a direct impact on the safety of employees, contractors and the
Putting in place a programme for measuring and improving such
culture will reduce incidents and help to show that your
organisation takes health and safety seriously.
Where can I find out more?
HSL's white paper 'Measuring the Safety Climate in
Organisations' explains what safety culture is, why it is important
and what you can do to understand and improve it within your
To receive your free PDF copy of the white paper email email@example.com