The RSSB safety culture assessment survey was first developed in 1997 for Railway Safety and Standards Board and has been used by many rail companies up to 2004. The survey comprised a standard questionnaire that was analysed by RSSB and a report produced for the assessed company.
Following research into safety culture assessment methods, RSSB commissioned Greenstreet Berman to enhance the RSSB safety culture assessment tool in the light of developments on safety culture and its assessment. GSB developed the question set, analysis functions and guidance (linked to the assessment results), with Enable Infomatrix developing the IT application.
The aim of the overall safety culture toolkit is to enable registered users to:
Conduct their own safety culture assessment
Analyse & interpret the outcomes
Identify an overall safety culture improvement strategy
Refer to industry safety culture enhancement good practices i.e. examples of interventions and approaches that have worked well.
The main assessment tool is an enhanced questionnaire based on the Safety Culture Key Elements and comprising 11 factors and around 80 questions. The toolkit provides both generic guidance on safety culture enhancement and specific guidance generated by analysis of the questionnaire responses. The final component of the toolkit is an area that provides a summary and key details of good practices on safety culture improvement from the rail and high hazard industries. These show practical interventions or initiatives that have helped to enhance some aspect of safety culture.
Since completing the work RSSB have developed the tool further.