Safety Culture and Safety Climate

Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT)

Research has shown that a strong job site safety climate can often improve safety and health outcomes, including lowering injury rates.

With extensive input from the construction industry, researchers at CPWR and Washington State University Vancouver developed the Safety Climate Assessment Tool (S-CAT), which companies can use to assess their progress towards strengthening eight leading indicators of safety climate:

  1. Demonstrating Management Commitment
  2. Aligning and Integrating Safety as a Value
  3. Ensuring Accountability at All Levels
  4. Improving Supervisory Leadership
  5. Empowering and Involving Employees
  6. Improving Communication
  7. Training at All Levels
  8. Encouraging Owner/Client Involvement

The reliable and valid S-CAT is a free resource available to any construction contractor or safety and health professional who wants tailored and actionable information to improve their company’s job site safety climate.

You can conduct an anonymous individual or company-level S-CAT assessment (in English or Spanish) by going to the S-CAT website. On the web site, you can also learn more about safety climate, ways to improve it, and how the S-CAT was developed, as well as download hard copies of the S-CAT in English or Spanish.