Results from a recent survey conducted by Norton Rose Fulbright
highlight that managers at over 97% of Australian organisations
believe that their organisation has room to improve in terms of its
Over 26% of respondents also believe that their organisation
does not have the tools it needs in order to order to improve its
"These survey results demonstrate that we have our work cut
out for us in seeking to embed safety in organisational
culture" said Michael Tooma, Head of Occupational Health
Safety and Security (Asia Pacific) at Norton Rose Fulbright.
"But recognising the problem is the first step in fixing
it. The fact that people know there is room for improvement and are
seeking out the tools to improve is a positive sign" said
The survey also asked respondents to rate their organisation
against the Safety Culture Framework, devised by Professor Patrick
Hudson, one of the world's leading authorities on the human
factor in the management of safety. The Framework identifies five
different models of safety culture within organisations.
Approximately 11% rated their organisation is Generative, the
highest rating in the Hudson model.
The survey results come as Professor Patrick Hudson is in
Australia to present a series of workshops with Norton Rose
Fulbright's Michael Tooma as part of Norton Rose
Fulbright's commitment to advancing safety leadership in
In the workshops to be held over the next two weeks in Brisbane,
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Canberra, Professor Hudson will draw
on his experience in advising leading companies in highhazard
industries on the management of safety.
The visit follows highly successful workshops run by Norton Rose
Fulbright in previous years with Professor James Reason CBE, the
creator of the Swiss Cheese model of accident causation.
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