Key Attributes of Safety Culture

  • Strong support from organizational leadership
  • Acknowledgment of the high-risk nature of an organization’s activities
  • Determination to achieve consistently safe operations
  • Responsibility by everyone for safety implementation and reporting unsafe conditions
  • A blame-free environment for individual reporting of errors or near misses without fear of reprimand or punishment
  • Encouragement of collaboration about decision making across all staff levels and disciplines to seek solutions to worker and patient safety problems (DiCuccio, 2015; AHRQ, 2019)
  • Organizational commitment of resources to address safety concerns (TJC, 2012)
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