Mapping methodical change in safety culture

Kaupo Viitanen (Corresponding author), Teemu Reiman, Carl Rollenhagen, Nadezhda Gotcheva

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    Evoking positive changes in safety culture or accentuating its positive characteristics has been a long-lasting challenge in safety-critical organizations. While a variety of methods exist to facilitate this process, an understanding of the main factors to take into consideration when leading methodical change in safety culture is often limited. In this paper, the authors describe twelve principles that attempt to summarize the essential good practices of safety culture change. Examples of failed safety culture change initiatives are then analyzed from the perspective of these principles to provide a tentative proof-of-concept of their usefulness. We propose that safety (culture) practitioners can utilize these principles as a reference when leading methodical change in safety culture.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPSAM 14 - Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management
    Subtitle of host publicationPapers
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
    Event14th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference, PSAM 14 - UCLA Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles, United States
    Duration: 16 Sept 201821 Sept 2018
    Conference number: 14


    Conference14th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference, PSAM 14
    Abbreviated titlePSAM 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLos Angeles


    The work presented in this paper is based on a research project funded by Nordic Nuclear Safety Research NKS and the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety SAFIR2018.


    • safety culture
    • safety culture improvement methods
    • organizational change


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