3. CultureSAFE Model and Index System

CultureSAFE Model

The CultureSAFE Model consists of 6 attributes that describe the workplace safety and health (WSH) practices, perceptions and beliefs of its stakeholders. It is used in the diagnostic and reporting steps to indicate a company's current culture. It is also used to prioritise culture building initiatives in the action planning step.




Leadership and commitment

The extent to which the management emphasises WSH commitment as a core or personal value.


Explicit WSH policies and objectives that are applied appropriately to business decisions and operations.

Work management system

Responsiveness and flexibility in addressing WSH concerns in day-to-day operations.

Competent and learning organisation

Competency as a key requirement for staff recruitment and promotion, with emphasis on continuous learning.

Ownership and teamwork

Motivation and empowerment for all stakeholders, from the CEO to the last worker, to contribute proactively towards WSH.

Communication and reporting

Presence of effective communication channels that address WSH concerns in a timely manner.

CultureSAFE Index

The CultureSAFE index is used to score your company on a scale of 1 to 5, based on the attributes listed in the CultureSAFE Model.

It is used in the diagnostic and reporting steps to indicate your company's WSH culture. You may also use the index to benchmark your company's culture.



What this means

5 - Exemplary

Internalisation of WSH as a non-negotiable value.

4 - Progressive

Extensive WSH ownership throughout company.

3 - Proactive

Employees are mindful of WSH issues in their daily work.

2 - Participative

Employees are involved and participate in WSH initiatives.

1- Reactive

Top-down management and direction of WSH initiatives.