Safety culture is a concept that is difficult to give a clear and unambiguous definition of, but its meaning is about the basic values and behaviors that result from a joint commitment of both leaders and employees to always let safety come first. At OKG, we have chosen to work with a simple model of safety culture that consists of three parts: understanding, risk management and behavior in combination with recommendations from WANO och IAEA.
The concept of safety culture can be described as a form of risk and safety awareness that is present in the daily work. That means that workers, in their daily work, are alert, are thinking further than the actual task being completed and are considering how consequences from their actions can affect plant safety, not just in my part of the chain but from a holistic perspective.
At OKG, an important theme in safety culture is to preserve an open climate where you can question, make suggestions for improvements and at the same time be responsive, in other words a good dialogue for increased insight and understanding. Important aspects of the safety culture work are also to draw lessons from experiences and apply these, as well as to be able to report incidents without being worried about reprisals. The most important aspect and basis for a good safety culture is that all employees at OKG take ownership of the safety culture work and constantly act with safety in the main focus.
Working with a safety culture is thus largely about working with attitudes, values and behaviors and understanding how these parts affect each other and jointly create conditions for a safe workplace.