A big challenge that comes with developing safety culture is maintaining focus and momentum. Even organisations with a mature safety culture need to actively promote the key behaviours and thinking styles required. This can be achieved in various ways such as leadership programmes, non-technical skills programmes, interactive educational activities, and practical scenarios. One type of interactive activity that The Keil Centre has been recently involved in developing is Safety Culture Discussion Cards.
The purpose of the Safety Culture Discussion Cards is to prompt discussion, learning and action to reinforce the behaviours and thinking styles required to support a strong safety culture. Importantly the cards target specific behaviours or themes in the organisation’s safety culture model, and can also include human factors topics.
The discussion cards are designed so that they can be used by individuals or groups and without specialist help. ‘Options for use’ cards are included in the card deck, including comparing views on topics, assessing strengths and gaps, and examining relationships between topics. This flexibility allows people to select a use to suit their needs.
Each card includes a title, a challenging question, and a brief explanation of the topic. An example card title is ‘To err is human’, and the question posed may be ‘How open are we to others checking our work to detect errors and assumptions?’ followed by an explanation about normal variability in human performance and therefore the need to check and verify our own and others’ work. The cards are designed to provoke challenging discussions about a range of behaviours and to encourage action for improvement. Safety Culture Discussion Cards can act as a practical tool in the toolkit to help maintain an organisational culture that stays focused on safety.
For more information about Safety Culture Discussion Cards and other tools for developing and reinforcing safety culture, please contact Johnny Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the UK or Nicole Gray (email@example.com) in Australia