BAE Systems has a broad portfolio of products and undertakes a wide spectrum of activities to remove potential hazards and mitigate the risk of harm to people, property and the environment. The company’s approach to managing safety performance is informed by the recognition that, in continually evolving complex environments, it is essential to remain alert to potential issues and continuously review current practice. The academic literature provided key lessons
from industry and research relevant to the continuous improvement of safety management. Namely, the influence of ‘organisational factors’ upon safety performance, the importance of combining control measures with an engaged safety culture to minimise risks, and the need to recognise that the safety culture of an organisation may differ across distinct aspects of safety (such as product safety and workplace safety).

This paper discusses these lessons and their implications for managing safety performance and assessing safety culture. It then outlines the rationale behind the decision to develop a bespoke assessment in partnership with Greenstreet Berman (UK-based safety consultants), and the development of a framework to assess both product safety and workplace culture across the company. Underpinning the development of this prototype assessment is a greater understanding of the cultural factors that are common to both workplace and product safety and how these can support a holistic approach to assessing the impact of culture on different aspects of safety.

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