Safety Culture An Innovative Leadership Approach

Safety Culture

Book based on personal and professional experience, lessons learned, and insights

Have you ever asked yourself the following questions:

Does my organization support and sustain a safety culture?

What daily actions must be implemented to influence a true culture that embraces safety?

How can I improve the communication of hazards and associated risk issues and concerns?

Am I “wired” into the organization? Are my efforts of value?

How should a Safety Management System Process look like?

Where do I get the necessary information I need and how do I keep it readily available?


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I was impressed with both the content and the format of this book. After a few pages I could hardly put it down. I loved how the author followed up theory with real world “Lessons Learned”. It’s a long book at over 350-pages, and any buyer will certainly get more then their money’s worth.  I was impressed with both the content and the format of this book. After a few pages I could hardly put it down.  Dave Weber,  as posted on Amazon


Safety Culture, An Innovative Leadership Approach guides you through:

  • Laying the foundation for an effective Safety Culture

  • Defining a Safety Management System and communicate its importance to the organization

  • How to handle the Perception of Risk and going beyond a loss-based process

  • Using information gathering tools useful for Safety Management System

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Today’s workplace has positioned the safety professional as the main conduit between employees and the leadership team.  As part of the leadership team, you must be able  to effectively assist in the continuing efforts in risk assessment, training, researching safety issues, assuring safety communications are in place, promoting involvement, and many other activities.   You must understand concepts that go beyond just technical and regulatory criteria.

A safety culture is dependent on an understanding of the overall culture of your organization.   Our book,  Safety Culture, An Innovative Leadership Approach provides a hands-on, comprehensive approach that will help guide you in the building of an organization’s safety culture.  We frew from our insights and experiences in developing safety processes and safety management systems as well as current concepts we believe are useful fo improving your potential for success.

Do the actions and policies of the organization match the needs of an effective safety culture?

Do you know and understand your organization’s real underlying assumptions and unspoken rules?

 A work environment requires that many activities be understood and coordinated if a quality service or product is to be delivered.  Your organization is a diverse environment that that can change overnight creating new risks and hazards that can be dangerous both physically and professionally! More than just simply retooling traditional safety programs with the hope that this time, leadership and employees will get more involved is needed.

  Safety is an “emergent property” that results from the interplay of many elements and the dynamics of an ever changing organizational environment.  


We introduce an array of new tools and techniques that include understanding of human performance, use of social networking, adopting a structured safety management system, and shifting to a risk-based mindset.  We discuss why you must be able to address the concerns of leadership and provide with tools, methods, and concepts that will allow you to meet the challenges and obstacles facing an effective safety culture.

 “I have used James Roughton’s previous book “Developing a Safety Culture” in my safety management courses and found it to be a valuable resource for the occupational safety and health student. Mr. Roughton’s sequel book with Nathan Crutchfield is a quantum leap forward and is a must read for occupational safety health students, professionals or those taking a safety culture and leadership role in the organization.” Dr. Michael Waite, Professor, Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety, California State University, Fresno

Our Book Story


Have you and your Organization defined what “Safety” is and what a safety culture looks like?

In Part 1, we detail what it will take to lay a solid foundation for the safety culture –

  • Have you clearly defined what you mean by “safety”?

  • Do you understand the current culture of your organization – the who, what, when, where, and how it gets things accomplished?

  • Are you effectively networked into the organization?

Chapter 1, The Perception of Safety

Chapter 2, Analyzing the Organizational Culture

Chapter 3, Analyzing and Using Your Network

Chapter 4, Setting the Direction for the Safety Culture


An effective safety culture requires Leadership and Employee involvement.   Is Leadership and Employee Commitment and  Involvement clearly visible?

In Part 2 we define a Safety Management System and the core elements that must be in place.

  • Do you have a safety management system structure or are you trying to manage a series of disconnected programs and activities?

Chapter 5, Overview of Basic Safety Management Systems

Chapter 6, Management Leadership: Demonstrating Commitment

Chapter 7, Leaders hip and the Effective Safety Culture

Chapter 8, Employee Involvement

Are you focused on Risk and is a system in place to communicate the status of the risk control process?

In Part 3, we cover how to handle the Perception of Risk.  A focus on just loss control or frequency rates can create an environment where “No Loss = No Risk”.

  • Do  the mental models held by leadership and employees keep a focus on the control of risk if severity and exposures are to be controlled?

Chapter 9, Risk Perception – Defining How to Identify Personal Responsibility

Chapter 10, Risk Management Principles

Chapter 11, Developing an Activity-Based Safety System

Chapter 12, Developing the Job Hazard Analysis

Is training in-depth and targeting high risk jobs and activities? Can you quickly locate the necessary information and get it to where it can be used?

Part 4, we discuss various tools we found useful and beneficial for enhancing the Safety Management System.

We discuss why a safety management system requires selecting, organizing, and maintaining a library of hazard

and associated risk information.

  • Can you find, curate, and use the information is critical to the safety culture?

Chapter 13, Education and Training – Assessing Safety Training Needs

Chapter 14, Assessing Your Safety Management System

Chapter 15, Becoming a Curator for the Safety Management System

Final Words, Can You Develop a Culture that Will Sustain Itself

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Safety Culture, An Innovative Leadership Approach will guide you through methods and techniques for improving the safety of the work environment! 

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Safety Culture, An Innovative Leadership Approach

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