Effective in-line checks and balances, healthy tension between responsible organizations, and value added independent assessment are necessary for safe and successful programs. But, in order to create a strong safety culture, we need to move beyond robust technical authority and effective program management.
Creating the right environment is essential. We need to look not just at the way we manage programs, but also at the way we manage people. Establishing trust, creating diverse teams, focusing on engineering excellence, sharing knowledge and recognizing commitment to safety are all necessary for creating a strong safety culture.