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NTSB to focus on safety culture in transportation

Originally posted July 29, 2013 on http://www.ishn.com

Are you in the transportation industry and not satisfied with your company’s safety culture?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a forum to address that very topic on September 10 and 11 in Washington D.C. It’s open the public and free of charge; if you can’t make it to D.C., the forum can be viewed via webcast at www.ntsb.gov.

“In our accident investigations we’ve seen instances of weak or non-existent safety cultures,” said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “In this forum, we want to highlight what’s present in strong safety cultures as well as identify what works to build these cultures in order to more effectively prevent accidents.”

Roles and responsibilities

The forum will review the progress and innovations that have been made in developing safety cultures throughout the transportation community and pinpoint areas where there are opportunities for improvements. Participants — including operators, labor groups and oversight authorities — will outline their roles, responsibilities and methods for developing effective safety cultures, with emphasis on the remaining challenges and steps needed for further improvements.

Who’s involved

The two-day forum, “Safety Culture: Enhancing Transportation Safety,” will be chaired by Hersman; all five Board Members will participate. Panelists include researchers, regulators, and leaders in both transportation and non-transportation industries.

A detailed agenda and list of participants will be released closer to the date of the event and will be available on the forum web page (http://go.usa.gov/j959).

The forum will be held in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W. Washington D.C. No registration is necessary.