Integrating Culture and Leadership: Making Safety Personal

A company’s culture is often described as “the way we do things around here” or “the unwritten rules.” Culture arises from shared values and beliefs held within the organization, which lead to shared norms of behavior. These behavioral norms are reinforced over time as they lead to successful outcomes and positive consequences.

To advance beyond the level of safety achieved through process safety management systems alone, organizations should adopt a Comprehensive Process to improve their company’s leadership capability and culture to achieve or ‘execute’ on process safety. This capability should integrate culture and leadership characteristics critical to incident prevention. This approach includes four major components – Anticipation, Inquiry, Execution, and Resilience – aimed at building a strong safety culture that supports effective leadership and management safety systems.