Striving for Safety Excellence: Leveraging Culture & Leadership to Achieve the “Perfect Zero”

At one time, a recordable injury rate of .5 (1 per 200,000 hours worked), would have been considered a spectacular accomplishment. Today, many organizations have set their sights on achieving the “perfect zero” in safety performance. There’s just one problem: what got us here won’t get us there. Changes across the industry have created a world that is infinitely more complex. Organizations are demanding more out of each worker than ever before, with less supervision. Downsizing, mergers, buyouts, closings, and the grim realities of the national and global economy all contribute to increasing “noise” in the system and an environment that is less stable and certain. With all these challenges facing us, developing and driving a culture that supports safety requires very deliberate actions and transformational leadership. Simply adding more safety systems or using more muscle, without acknowledging organizational and business realities, won’t move us to safety excellence. Getting to a “zero-injury” workplace requires rethinking how we use the systems we have, how we approach the safety performance mechanism itself and, most importantly, developing a culture in which safety functioning is treated as a part of doing business.


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  • Monograph Title: Rail Conference 2009 Proceedings

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