This presentation aims to provide participants with an understanding of the importance of safety culture, how leaders influence the culture and an overview of safety culture improvement strategies. The presentation is designed for leaders who are interested in learning about pratical strategies to improve the safety culture within the organization.

Learning objectives:
At the end of the workshop participants should:

  • have a greater understanding of safety culture,
  • be able to describe the role leaders play in safety culture improvement,
  • understand the risks and benefits of safety culture improvement strategies.



Dr. Mark Fleming is the CN Professor of Safety Culture in the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. Mark is an applied psychologist with over 20 years of experience in industrial health and safety management in high hazard industries including the offshore oil and gas, nuclear power, petrochemical, power generation and construction. He is dedicated to developing practical and valid tools to assist organisations to prevent harm.

Currently, Dr. Fleming’s research includes investigating methods for measuring and improving safety culture, safety motivation, safety leadership and rail safety. He advises many Canadian and international organisations (e.g. International Atomic Energy Agency) on safety culture assessment and improvement. Through his work, Dr. Fleming hopes to provide best practice guidelines to industry and criteria for successful safety programs. He seeks to translate his work on safety culture into usable practices and guidelines by producing practical tools such as Changing Minds Guide and the Cultural Maturity Model.

Mark T. Fleming