Overlap and Differences Between Safety Culture and Safety Climate

The terms ”safety culture” and “safety climate” are often used interchangeably.

  • Safety culture is a broad term encompassing overall organizational culture, values, and actions.
  • Safety climate is a narrower term focusing on staff’s current perceptions about supervision, resources, and policies that support how safety practices are monitored and managed through trust and transparency (TJC, 2021).
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