James Roughton and Nathan Crutchfield (in Safety Culture: An Innovative Leadership Approach) list seven key steps to maintaining a strong safety and health culture in your organization. The key steps include:
- Build leadership team
- Involve employees
- Identify hazards, assess situations
- Provide information and training
- Evaluate program effectiveness
- Sustain a safety culture
Any gaps between the steps listed above can weaken an organization’s safety and health culture. For example, a lack of training can lead to systems where no one knows what to do.
What is the tool: A way to identify and address gaps in an organization’s safety management system
When to use the tool: To troubleshoot an organization’s safety and health management system to figure out why something is happening (or not happening)
How to use the tool: The following chart illustrates likely results when key elements are missed. The chart serves as a sample gap analysis graphic, and gives you an opportunity to think about your nonprofit’s safety management system in relation to the seven key elements outlined. The chart provides more specific instructions. You can facilitate this exercise with your safety committee, at a safety meeting, or board meeting.
The gap analysis tool is a way to identify and address gaps in a safety management system. Download the Safety Management System Gap Analysis Worksheet to use with your safety comittee or your next safety meeting.