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Suggested Citation:"The Safety Culture Journey." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Beyond Compliance: Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23662.
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Suggested Citation:"The Safety Culture Journey." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Beyond Compliance: Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23662.
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40 Beyond ComplianCe assessment process engages a wide range of people in talking about their concerns and opportunities for improvement, and thereby begins to break down the vertical silos and horizontal barriers in large organizations. The Safety Culture Journey Assessment of company and industry culture is part of a process of learn- ing and continuously improving. The safety culture journey can be long, complex, and uncertain, but can also avert catastrophe and reduce inju- ries and loss of life among those working offshore while also protecting the environment. Companies and employees working offshore, and the associations that represent them, can begin this journey by building on the successes of offshore companies that are farther along the path and by learning from the experiences of other industries. This is an opportunity not to be squandered, but to be seized by the offshore industry. unlisTeD images/alamy

Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry 41 Acknowledgments This publication is an abridgment of Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry, a report released in 2016 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Raymond A. Wassel, Stephen R. Godwin, and Camilla Y. Ables of the National Academies staff prepared the abridgment, which was reviewed for consistency with the main report by John S. Carroll, Elmer P. Danenberger III, Nancy T. Tippins, and Peter K. Velez, members of the authoring committee. The review was overseen by Susan Hanson (NAS), Clark University (emerita).

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Beyond Compliance: Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry summarizes recommendations to industry and regulators to strengthen and sustain the safety culture of the offshore oil and gas industry.

The committee that prepared the report addresses conceptual challenges in defining safety culture, and discusses the empirical support for the safety culture definition offered by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the nine characteristics or elements of a robust safety culture, methods for assessing company safety culture, and barriers to improving safety culture in the offshore industry.

The committee’s report also identifies topics on which further research is needed with respect to assessing, improving, and sustaining safety culture. Download the full report issued in May 2016 or a Report in Brief.

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