It Starts with Culture.

A Safety Culture Assessment is a voluntary, non-punitive and confidential five-to-ten-day onsite process with a rigorous methodology that includes an online survey of staff, discussions with management, and observations of the railroads daily practices.

The Assessment tools review the ten core elements of a strong safety culture, as adopted by the DOT Safety Council. At the conclusion of the Assessment, best practices from the railroad industry, and tools to address any opportunity areas are made available to the railroad.

Learn more about the 10 Core Elements of Strong Safety Culture.

Assessment Outcomes

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 programs that could be implemented to improve safety culture.

Continuous Feedback

A follow up Assessment may be conducted at the railroad’s request to measure the implementation and impact of new processes and practices.

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Four Key Railroad Best Practices

Based on Assessments at over 50 railroads to date, high performance railroads exhibit four key practices.

Top management visibly supports safety

This may be illustrated by participation in Safety Briefings, putting safety first in such documents as mission and vision statements, hosting sessions with staff on a particular aspect of safety, making business decisions that are consistently in line with safety.

Training is continuous

With changes in operations practices, staff changes, or new business being developed by the railroads, continuous training should be the practice. Training can be delivered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, webinars, conferences, etc.

Employees are empowered to act safely

They have training, and support from management to act when they become aware of something that may have a negative effect on safety. This can take the form of a reporting structure for escalating safety concerns or a simple reminder to a fellow employee. Employees feel empowered to self-manage and step in when they are concerned.

No safety shortcuts are allowed

Despite the daily challenges of operations, safety trumps dollars and cents under pressure.

Top to bottom, all are committed to everyone working safely, and having a workplace that is free from accidents.

Meet Your Assessors

Our team is comprised of experienced Safety Culture professionals who have spent their careers in railroad safety.