Another frequent controversy in the safety world is what part of the organization should be responsible for the safety function. To whom do we report? Common answers I get are:
HR because it has always been that way
The president because therein lies the most power and it sends the right message
Operations because they have the problems and more resources to help solve the problems
My answer deals with where the safety function will get the most support. Where is there leadership that will actively support improving the safety culture and not just, at best, provide lip service? I want a driving force to help drive safety performance. It is not about “the where” it is about “the who” that makes a difference in safety excellence.