IOGP Report 453 – Safety Leadership in Practice: A Guide for Managers


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Knowledge doesn’t stand still. IOGP published Report 452 – Shaping safety culture through safety leadership in October 2013, but in the years since then, our industry has gained a huge amount of experience and insight into how workplace cultures are formed. This document aims to make that insight and experience available to you.

We know, for instance, that rules alone don’t drive behaviour, and that even the best trained, most diligent, and well-motivated people can make mistakes. All of us thrive when we work in an environment we can trust, with tasks and systems that are designed to reduce the potential for error. This is enabled by the culture of the organisation.

For an organisation to be successful, leaders work to shape the culture by the priorities that they set and their engagement with the workforce. We hope that, with this guide, leaders can develop ideas for practical action to shape the culture and success of their organisation.

This guide has been developed to be used in conjunction with IOGP Report 452 – Shaping safety culture through safety leadership. This report is designed to support senior and/or middle management and supervisors in applying the Safety Leadership Characteristics described in Report 452 and creating a workplace culture that values safety.