Safety & Environment
Our Safety Culture
Safety culture refers to the interaction between the requirements of the Safety Management System (SMS), how people make sense of them, based on their attitudes, values and beliefs, and what they actually do, as seen in decisions and behaviours.
Leadership plays a major role in the development of a positive and fair safety culture.
GBRf’s safety culture reflects the importance the organisational culture grants to safety in all decisions, all departments, all occupations, and at all levels of management.
Stuart Anderson – Head of Safety, “Our safety culture is not dictated; we continue to build it and test it every day through our own actions and words.
The priority of a safety culture approach is to control the most significant risks associated with the organisation’s activities; showing our people we care and minimise injuries to staff. This is how we best focus our time and efforts.”
Source: ICIS essentials 01
Our Fair Culture principles allow us to identify why rules may have been breached and make sure the consequences of any breach are fair and proportionate. The Fair Culture principles also help us understand where there may be underlying problems in our business systems which, if we can solve, will make all our activities safer.
Our Fair Culture principles are applied for all safety investigations and support the implementation of the requirements of the RIS3119 which focuses on human factors and system deficiencies.
RSSB quote ‘Human factors concerns the optimisation of human performance in the workplace. It considers the working environment from a human-centred viewpoint, looking at the whole system and its influence on the way people behave and interact with the railway.’