It Starts with Culture.
A Safety Culture Assessment is a voluntary, non-punitive and confidential onsite process with a rigorous methodology that includes an online survey of staff, in person interviews with management and craft employees and observations of the railroad’s daily practices.
The Assessment tool follows the ten core elements of a strong safety culture, as adopted by the DOT Safety Council. At the conclusion of the Assessment, findings and opportunities are identified and resources are made available to the railroad to assist in strengthening their safety culture.
Outcomes of a Safety Culture Assessment may include opportunities for the railroad related to safety culture development, improved communication, tracking and follow-up on reported safety concerns, and identification of other opportunities that could be implemented to improve safety culture.
A follow up Assessment may be conducted at the railroad’s request to measure the implementation and impact of new processes and practices.
Four Key Railroad Best Practices
Top management visibly supports safety
Training is continuous
Employees are empowered to act safely
No safety shortcuts are allowed
Top to bottom, all are committed to everyone working safely, and having a workplace that is free from accidents.