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Good HSE culture - more than behaviour and attitudes

HSE culture is not just about a focus on attitudes and behaviour. Companies with a good HSE culture keep up a continual, critical and extensive work with regard to technical safety and improvements in their management systems, while also carrying out measures that are directed towards the more interpersonal and behavioural issues.


In a series of meetings with the industry ? most recently during the Safety Forum's annual conference in Stavanger on 14 September ? it was emphasised that HSE culture entails a focus on each person's behaviour and attitudes.

This one-sided focus on the part of some of the players on the Norwegian shelf is a matter of concern to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).

The requirement of a good HSE culture is laid down in the statutory requirements for the petroleum activities (Section 11 of the Framework Regulations).

Through the brochure "HSE and Culture" (see link box) the PSA has described some of the things that are expected of the petroleum industry on the basis of this statutory requirement.

It has been important for us, both in the brochure and in all our lectures and meetings with the industry, to stress that companies with a good HSE culture demonstrate a continual, critical and extensive work with regard to technical safety and improvements in their management systems, as well as carrying out measures that are directed towards the more interpersonal and behavioural issues.

During the Safety Forum's annual conference we also discovered a scepticism to the authorities' and the industry's emphasis on a good HSE culture, because this might be to the disadvantage of HSE issues related to technical safety and management systems.

If it were true that the statutory requirement on HSE culture entailed a one-sided focus on behaviour and attitudes, such a concern would be understandable. However, the PSA has other, and far more extensive, expectations regarding the requirement of a good HSE culture.

Contact person in the PSA:
Elisabeth Lootz,
The HSE culture project
E-mail: elisabeth.lootz@ptil.no