Safety Culture Maturity® Model (SCMM)

What is it?

The Keil Centre developed the Safety Culture Maturity® Model (SCMM) to facilitate objective discussion about safety culture and to identify specific actions to improve safety culture. The SCMM is set out in a number of iterative stages. Organisations progress sequentially though the five levels, by building on their strengths and removing the weaknesses of the previous level.  

The assessment compares levels of Safety Culture Maturity® between groups, provides an understanding of why differences may be present, and identifies improvement actions for the site and teams.

The most common type of SCMM project is a comprehensive assessment of a site, department or team. The process involves staff from the main work-groups on a site participating in a series of two-hour workshops in which they are asked to participate in a card-sort exercise and structured discussion based on the Safety Culture Maturity® Model series of ten elements:

Some description

  • Visible management commitment
  • Safety communication
  • Production versus safety
  • Learning organisation
  • Supervision
  • Health and safety resources
  • Participation in safety
  • Risk-taking behaviour
  • Contractor management
  • Competency

Who is it for?

Safety Culture Maturity® Model workshops will be useful to operational, EHS  and HR managers who are interested in:

  • Assessing the safety culture of an organisation, site or department
  • Assessing change in safety culture over time
  • Obtaining employee perceptions, as part of larger safety improvement projects
  • Helping select or assess the effectiveness of a behavioural safety programme
  • Supporting management development providing a practical illustration of what developing safety culture involves

Benefits of this approach

The SCMM was developed as part of a project sponsored by the UK offshore oil industry and the Health and Safety Executive. Since its first use in 2000, the model has won several awards and been validated in a large multinational manufacturing organisation. It has been used successfully in many countries and sectors.

Many companies have found the SCMM particularly useful as it:

  • Combines a solid theoretical framework with a simple, user-friendly assessment tool
  • Emphasises the importance of employee involvement in assessing and improving safety culture
  • Allows a simple understanding of the current level of Safety Culture Maturity®, and comparisons between different levels, elements, occupational groups and sites
  • Includes qualitative data which allows insight into some of the basic assumptions underlying a company’s safety culture – why the safety culture is as it is

Find out more

To find out more about the Safety Culture Maturity® Model and how it may be applied within your organisation, please telephone our Edinburgh office on +44(0)131 229 6140 or email One of our consultants will be in touch as soon as possible.

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