Management Resources from Research

Safety Culture and Safety Climate

The construction industry is increasingly recognizing that a strong, positive Safety Culture and Safety Climate helps reduce the potential for job site injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Researchers agree that these concepts and related practices are key to reducing adverse incidents.  CPWR has developed a number of resources to help contractors improve their safety culture and job site safety climate.

  • Worksheets and a Rating Tool to Help You Strengthen Jobsite Safety Climate. This workbook was developed with input from construction stakeholders. It gives companies the opportunity to get a high-level sense of their safety climate maturity, review a list of safety management interventions they could consider implementing to strengthen that indicator and prioritize by when they could start implementation. The last section contains the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT).
  • Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT). The S-CAT is a free tool that companies can use to assess their Safety Climate Maturity across eight leading safety climate indicators.  Available to any construction contractor or safety and health professional, it provides tailored and actionable information to improve job site safety climate.
  • Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CATsc). The Safety Climate Assessment Tool for Small Contractors (S-CATsc) is based on the structure and content of the original S-CAT.  The S-CATsc is a needs assessment and provides a snapshot of which activities the company is currently doing or could do in the future to improve safety climate across eight leading safety climate indicators. Designed particularly for smaller contracting companies just beginning their safety climate improvement journey, it can be completed here in English or Spanish.