Safety Climate

The term ‘safety climate’ refers to the measurable components of safety culture. Safety climate provides a ‘snapshot’ of culture at a given moment in time. The terms ‘culture’ and ‘climate’ are often used interchangeably [1-3]. A similar analogue is the difference between weather and climate. Key factors in determining safety climates are:

a) Leadership

b) Communication

c) teamwork

d) Safety systems.


[1] Flin R, Burns C, Mearns K, Yule S, Robertson EM. Measuring safety climate in health care. Quality & Safety in Health Care 2006 Apr;15(2):109-115.

[2] Sexton JB, Helmreich RL, Neilands TB, Rowan K, Vella K, Boyden J, et al. The Safety Attitudes Questionnaire: psychometric properties, benchmarking data, and emerging research. BMC Health Services Research 2006;6:44.

[3] Hann M, Bower P, Campbell S, Marshall M, Reeves D. The association between culture, climate and quality of care in primary health care teams. Fam.Pract. 2007 Sep;24(4):323-329.

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