Safety Climate Tool (SCT)

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Every employer has a legal duty to assess and protect employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

HSE's Safety Climate Tool has been carefully designed by scientists to assess the attitudes of individuals within an organisation towards health and safety issues.

The Safety Climate Tool delivers an objective measure of your safety culture - the 'way things are done' in your organisation when it comes to health and safety. This is a significant starting point for any organisation to continually improve and raise standards.

Using a simple, online questionnaire, the Safety Climate Tool explores your employees' attitudes and perceptions in key areas of health and safety, while guaranteeing anonymity.

Once the survey has been completed, it generates a comprehensive report and provides guidance that will help improve the organisation's safety culture.

What is safety culture?

Safety culture' is often referred to as "the way things are done around here". It's a combination of the attitudes and values held, the behaviours and the management system within your organisation or departments, that influences how something is done, rather than how it should be done.

Watch as HSE’s Chartered Psychologist Phoebe Smith guides you through the process of understanding and managing organisational safety culture.

Benefits of using Safety Climate Tool

  • The results can be used to support ISO45001 accreditation
  • Available in over 45 language templates (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Spanish etc.)
  • Can be customised to include the organisations logo, write a personalised introduction, choose the most appropriate demographic responses, and tailor the terminology used in the core statements
  • Ability to benchmark results against HSE's exclusive industry dataset
  • Automatically analyses the responses and generates a valuable summary report of the results
  • Examines employee and management results for comparison
  • Creates bespoke reports of your chosen demographics to highlight key priorities going forward
  • Provides suggestions for next steps and recommendations how to address them
  • Can be used at any time from your own secure web account, making the process simple, quick and convenient

Reduce the number of accidents and near misses - use as a leading indicator to proactively measure and improve safety culture. Evidence shows that a strong safety culture is associated with fewer workplace injuries.

Utilise resources - data can be segmented in a range of different ways to identify good practice as well as areas for improvement, such as location or hierarchy. You can then pinpoint key focus areas and take action to change unsafe behaviours.

Support the journey to ISO45001 accreditation - use the SCT to enhance your evidence base. While ISO 45001 is not a legal requirement, proportionate adoption of a health and safety management system standard like ISO 45001 can help businesses measure and evaluate their performance.

Benchmark your organisation's health and safety culture - not only does the SCT help you understand your own safety culture, but it's extensive benchmarking dataset allows you to compare performance against industry standard.

Organisations using Safety Climate Tool

Several organisations both in the UK and globally are proactively using Safety Climate Tool to measure and improve their safety culture. It is used and trusted by organisations of all sizes, across all industry sectors. Customers frequently report to us that, because of using the SCT, they have achieved greater engagement and commitment to health and safety from employees, have reduced the number of accidents at work, reduced costs and have demonstrated better leadership.

"The Safety Climate Tool increased line manager engagement across all areas of our organisation. We introduced initiatives, such as the delivery of toolbox talks, an effective near miss reporting system and a health and safety management platform. The catalyst for these introductions was the HSE Safety Climate Tool."

"The Safety Climate Tool has helped us immeasurably in supporting our safety maturity journey and in communicating how we have grown in our attitudes, perceptions and outlook in regard to safety management and ownership within our organisation."

"The Safety Climate Tool has supported our cultural improvement strategy and it has clearly worked based on the survey data. The most important improvement was engagement. Delighted with the Tools’ output and all the supporting guidance that comes with it."

"The Safety Climate Tool is a great investment that allows you to drive improvement based on real and meaningful data from within your organisation and beyond. The ability to drill down into your demographics within the tool is powerful and helps to target focussed improvement where you see the best opportunities. I would not join an organisation without using this tool to begin the journey!"

"We decided it was time to start a structured safety culture journey. The SCT aligns well with our core values and integrated management systems, particularly regarding continual improvement. Being able to quantify our people’s perceptions across the eight factors has been invaluable as a ‘snapshot’ of where we are and will be the main tool, we use in measuring our progress. When combined with responses to the open questions, we have been able to build up a reliable picture of our safety climate."

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Supporting resources and getting started

We are pleased to provide a wealth of supporting resources to help you build a firm foundation for your Safety Climate Tool. These include making the case presentations, stakeholder management guidance, example correspondence and publicity materials. These will guide you in setting up a successful survey and help to increase engagement with your workers.

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Licence pricing

These prices allow administrative and user rights to the Safety Climate Tool (all prices are excluding VAT).

For employers with more than 10,000 employees a price is available upon request.

No. of WorkersLicence Fee Year 1
(excl. VAT)
Annual Charge for Each Consecutive Year
up to 50£850£315
10,000+Price on-requestPrice on-request

The initial cost includes:

  • System set up and configuration, and the first year of support and maintenance
  • Multiple language templates for over 30 countries
  • Safety climate white papers

Licence permits use of the tool according to the appropriate number of people employed by the organisation. Should the number of employees increase, or you wish to expand the licence to cover other parts of the organisation, you will be required to upgrade to the next band.

To order and for a free demonstration of the Safety Climate Tool, please contact us.

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