The Culture Wars: Constructs; Controversies; and Capabilities

The Culture Wars: Constructs; Controversies; and Capabilities

Safety Capabilities Frameworks (see for example, Casey et al., 2020) are a powerful alternative to the continuing debate about how safety climate and culture should be conceptualised and measured. The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) and a Research Consortium from four Australian Universities are investigating the potential benefits of this approach by developing a bespoke and practical measure which assesses whether system-, team-, and worker-level aspects of safety culture and capability, have predictive power for a range of leading and lagging safety indicators. As well as delving into the some of the controversies of safety culture, our presentation will provide preliminary findings, explain how this research proposes to move the field forward, and discuss how it may provide scaffolding for a number of OIR’s strategic levers.