Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Promoting a Positive Health & Safety Culture

Main Topics of Study


  • Culture of an organisation
  • Concept of a health and safety culture

Correlation between culture and performance in health and safety

  • First impressions
  • Recognising an organisations approach

Indicators of a health and safety culture

  • Accidents
  • Absenteeism
  • Sickness rates
  • Staff turnover
  • Compliance with rules and procedures
  • Complaints about working conditions

Factors promoting a negative health and safety culture

  • Periods of change
  • Uncertainty (Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs)
  • Management decisions

Internal and external influences

  • Management commitment
  • Timescale pressure
  • Communication
  • Competence
  • Employee representation
  • Social expectations
  • Legislation and enforcement
  • Insurance companies
  • Trade unions
  • The economy

Human behaviour

  • The individual and their role
  • Attitude, ability and motivation
  • Perception of risk
  • Errors
  • Violations
  • Age and experience
  • Peers

Implementing cultural change

  • Management commitment
  • Personnel competence
  • Effective communication
  • Training
  • Penalties and discipline

Recommended Reading

Main Text:

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Introduction to Health & Safety at Work: Hughes & Ferrett, Taylor & Francis

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