The Penn State topic is way too complicated to sort out in a short email. (It may never be fully understood). At one time I worked for a large construction company that had a good safety culture, yet when there was an issue of challenging a client on unsafe procedures the construction company always backed down.
I'm a proud PSU graduate and currently live in the community. When you all speak of the culture, it's like we are being talked about like we are objects inside of a fishbowl stereotyped by the bad actions of a few, instead of as individual people.
The EHS Professionals LinkedIn group recently conducted a canvassing on what constitutes the greatest challenge face pros in 2012: management leadership, building safety cultures, or obtaining and maintaining technical knowledge. Here are some of the posted comments:
The Chemical Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the Deepwater Horizonaccident. The core finding was that the crew was too focused on reportable lost-time accidents and too unfocused on process safety.