An original definition of safety culture in the rail transport sector

The authors of the blog proposed an original definition of positive safety culture in the rail transport sector. It reads as follows:

A positive safety culture in rail transport, which supports the safety management system, demonstrates the managerial intentions of top management, which, through leadership, create conditions for building mutual trust, confidence and learning, in which employees are encouraged to contribute to the development of safety by reporting hazardous incidents and providing safety related information. It is the result of individual and group values, attitudes, managerial practices, perceptions, competencies and patterns of action, which determine involvement in the safety management system in rail transport. It results from the style, professionalism and the quality of railway enterprise management. It supports the active participation of employees in shaping attitudes worthy of a railway employee, based on many years of traditions appropriate for service on the railway. It encourages employees to report incidents, hazards, risks and opportunities, and protects employees from reprisals, such as the threat of dismissal or disciplinary action, when they indicate process improvement needs resulting from poor practices that could potentially lead to negative events. It harmoniously combines the set safety goals with the climate for their implementation. It contributes to creating a positive atmosphere in the workplace, fosters high concentration on operational processes resulting from the scope of the work performed.

A. JABŁOŃSKI, M.JABŁOŃSKI, RAILWAY SAFETY CULTURE MODEL. THEORY AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS, CEDEWU 2021

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