Peer Influence: Don’t Change Safety Culture Without It!

Influencing Safety BehaviorsWe talk about building a safety culture, or a culture of safety.  We are pretty clear on what safety is, but what is this thing called culture?  The most widely accepted definition, usually attributed to Warner Burke from Columbia University back in the ‘80s is “the way we do things around here.”  So, culture is behavior, and if you want to change a culture, you need to look at changing the behaviors that will bring it closer to a safety culture. 


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safetyBUILT-IN is the safety-leadership learning and development division of SCInc. We believe sustainable safety performance is best achieved through a core-values based safety culture, and that culture must be driven by leadership. Our safety-leadership programs are competency-based, and focused on performance outcomes. We believe in building capability and ownership into our client organizations—as well as sustainability into our programs—so that our clients can continue running those programs long after we’re out of the picture. Our emphasis is on building better leadership presence, better leadership communication and better leadership coaching by first building relationships of trust with people and learning how to engage them on the level of their core values and beliefs.