Mapping the safety culture

Making a stronger safety culture requires action to be taken in many areas. Which is why Seahealth issued the 8 Safety Links, each of which consists of tools that represent one component of building up a good safety culture.

The tools are specifically designed to help support and build up good, safe behaviour.

Using the 8 Safety Links provides a good overview and good results from health and safety activities. The point is that we need to work with all eight links to ensure that safety projects are successful.

The more safety links the company maintains, the stronger the safety chain. The fewer safety links the company has in place, the weaker the safety chain.

SEAHEALTH has produced a diagram which you can use to check which safety links you are using and which you should do more work on.
If you decide to print out the diagram, it should be on at least A3.

>> Download SEAHEALTH's diagram for mapping your safety links:

You can also order a big A2 mapping diagram from SEAHEALTH.

Seahealth is pleased to help you with mapping the safety culture and providing guidance in how to start working on it.

Contact SEAHEALTH for no-commitment meeting.

How should I use the diagram?

In order to better understand the thinking behind the diagram, it is important to read the folder on the 8 Safety Links first.

>> Download the folder (pdf)

Get together with those of your colleagues who deal with safety in the company and spread the diagram on the table between you.

Start by choosing any safety link, for example "Necessary and Meaningful."
Discuss each individual question and rate them on a scale of 1-10.
When you have discussed all the questions for an individual link, the idea is to give the whole safety link an overall grade.
Then place a cross in the spider's web at the centre of the mapping diagram.

If you are not satisfied with your current grades and think that the safety link requires more focus, you can draw up an action plan under the questions. What could you do right here and now and what could be done in the longer term?  If for example you have a 5 grade, ask yourselves what needs to be done to raise the safety link to 6.

When you have discussed all eight safety links, draw straight lines to connect the crosses in the spider's web. The area inside the lines gives a picture of your safety culture and the area outside represents the efforts you will have to make in future to have a top level safety culture.

Supplementary questions

Ask the group:

  • Which link do you think it would be best to work on right now?  Why? Do we need to involve anyone to achieve this successfully?
  • Which link has NO relevance to you?  Why?
  • Which link do you already have partly or fully in place?
  • Are there any of the links which you think would be difficult to work on?  Why?
  • Are there any of the links that you have worked on but unsuccessfully?  What might this be due to?
  • Are there any of the links you would like to the leave till last?  Why?
  • Is your organisation equipped to work on all the links?
  • Which links could you manage for yourselves immediately and which would you need to have external help from SEAHEALTH to deal with?



Senior Occupational Health Consultant

Søren Bøge Pedersen

+45 3311 1833

+45 5364 1609

I can help you with:

  • The 8 Safety Links
  • Accident prevention in general
  • Guidance on mooring
  • Welfare-enhancing projects
  • Consultancy
  • The program Health and Safety at Sea