Safety Culture Working Group

“Our vision for Safety Culture at NASA is to create an environment characterized by safe attitudes and behaviors, modeled by leaders and embraced by all. This environment should foster an atmosphere of open communication and mutual trust, as well as shared values and lessons. It should also instill confidence that will balance challenges and risks that are consistent with our safety core value to successfully accomplish our mission.”

Safety Culture Working Group Charter

Safety Culture Working Group
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Tracy Dillinger

Safety Culture Program Manager

Learn more about Safety Culture Program Manager Tracy Dillinger.

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Points of Contact

For details on contacting a Safety Culture Point of Contact (PoC), click below.

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SATERN Courses
Orientation to NASA Safety Culture HQ-SMA-ONSC

This course covers the definition of safety culture, NASA Safety Culture Five Factors and the learners’ responsibilities for supporting NASA’s Safety Culture.

Safety Culture for Supervisors HQ-SMA-SCS

This course covers the definition of safety culture, NASA Safety Culture Five Factors, supervisors' responsibilities for supporting NASA’s Safety Culture and making supervisory decisions that reinforce NASA’s Safety Culture.


Policy and Guidance

Policy Title    
NASA-STD-8709.22 Safety and Mission Assurance Acronyms, Abbreviations and Definitions NASA-STD-8709-22 Details See NASA-STD-8709.22
NPD 8700.1 NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success NPD-8700-1 Details See NPD 8700.1
NASA-HDBK-8709.24 NASA Safety Culture Handbook NASA-HDBK-8709-24 Details See NASA-HDBK-8709.24

"Yes, If" Program

The “Yes, If” recognition coin is emblematic of the culture we would like to promote at NASA. When asked, “Is this possible?” our response should be, “Yes, if…” instead of “No, because….” Recipients of the “Yes, If” coin exemplify the spirit of ingenuity, creativity and commitment to safety that the agency was built upon. We invite you to nominate a NASA colleague who you believe has earned the “Yes, If” coin, which will be presented by the chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. The recognition coin was developed by Safety Culture Program Manager Tracy Dillinger for former Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O’Connor.

Caught Doing Right

The Caught Doing Right initiative celebrates the NASA family’s commitment to practicing proper safety procedures. All too often we are quick to point out when our colleagues are being careless with safety, and although it's important to correct unsafe behavior, we should put equal emphasis on those who faithfully incorporate safety measures into their daily work.

What You Can Do

When you see an employee or group working safely

  • Take a photo
  • Submit your photo and complete the form by using the "Submit Photos" button

The photos, or "safies," can be accessed by any NASA employee or contractor within the NASA firewall.

By posting your “safies” on this site, you are not only sharing your commitment to safety with the rest of the agency, but sharing great work practices with them as well.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the year, a team of NASA safety professionals will assess the "safies" and decide on one to feature on a poster for all NASA centers. Be a part of celebrating your team's outstanding safety practices while encouraging others to do the same agencywide.

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The NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA), along with subject matter experts from each of the NASA centers, developed the NASA Safety Culture Survey. It is designed to provide center directors with a tool to identify and correct latent organizational conditions that may lead to accidents and implement strategies to improve safety. The surveys are distributed to each center every three years and questions will vary for each round.

Each survey lists general questions, along with center-specific questions. Below are general questions from Round 1 and Round 2 of the survey.

Round 1 Questions Round 2 Questions


Important Reports

A key part of NASA's Safety Culture is learning from our mistakes. It is only by assessing our mishaps that we are able to learn from them and move toward a better and safer future. Below are key agency mishap reports that provide important information that can benefit safety professionals both within the agency and beyond.

Title Date    
Apollo 204 Review Board Final Report Jan. 27, 1967 Additional Details See Report
Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report Feb. 1, 2003 Additional Details See Report
CONTOUR Mishap Investigation Board Report July 2002 Additional Details See Report
DART Mishap Investigation Results April 15, 2005 Additional Details See Report
Genesis Mishap Investigation Board Report Sept. 8, 2004 Additional Details See Report
Glory Mishap Investigation Results March 4, 2011 Additional Details See Report
Helios Mishap Report June 26, 2003 Additional Details See Report
Return to Flight Task Group Report July 2005 Additional Details See Report
Rogers Commission Report (Challenger) Jan. 28, 1986 Additional Details See Report
SSME 0523 Failure Investigation Final Report June 16, 2000 Additional Details See Report