Safety Culture Evaluation at United Biscuits
United Biscuits (UB) is a large international food manufacturing
UB's logistics division completed a large behavioural safety
campaign in Spring 2009 and were interested in exploring how the
safety climate and safety performance had changed since their use
of the original HSE Climate Survey Tool (CST) in 2003.
What We Did
During the development of the new and revised HSL Safety Climate
Tool, our researchers worked with staff at UB's distribution centre
in the Midlands as they had been identified as being knowledgeable
users of the previous version of the tool.
Working in partnership with the logistics division, we
undertook a safety culture evaluation to assess any changes in
culture and safety performance between 2003 and 2009. This
- Converting old HSE CST data from 2003 and 2007 into the new HSL
SCT tool to enable UB Logistics division to trend safety culture
over time, and not lose any value from old collated data
- Running a staff survey using the SCT to collect data on safety
culture in 2009;
- Reviewing accident data over three time periods;
- Providing a presentation, and case study for HSE outlining the
The project had a number of significant benefits for UB
- Understanding the underlying safety culture within the Midlands
Distribution centre in 2009;
- Trending clear improvement of safety climate scores between
2003 and the latest survey in 2009, indicating a more positive
Accidents also showed a steady decline with the average
accidents per month reducing from over 7.7 (2003) to approximately
Since reviewing their SCT results UB Logistics have also changed
the way they conduct accident investigations to include open
discussions about investigations at monthly management meetings,
which are cascaded down to employees via safety champions.
Following conclusion of the investigation, direct feedback is also
now provided to the relevant individuals.
Downloadable pdf of case study
Demonstration video of the Safety Climate
"The HSL SCT was used to map changes in UB (Logistics) safety climate over time (2003-2009). This provided both the evidence to prioritise operational areas where improvements and development were required, and a measure for monitoring progress. We’ve moved forward in how we look at safety and this has been reflected in the change in SCT results."
John Johnstone, Health and Safety Manager, UB Logistics division.
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