Last week we looked at the advantages of a culture of safety in my post Safety is not immunity. This week we will explore the pitfalls of a badly implemented safety culture.
I want to start by saying right from the get-go that a culture of safety is always more desirable than a culture of fear. That being said, it is possible to create a corrupted or toxic culture that gives the illusion of safety. Sometimes this false safety puts people in danger. Other times, it is the organization that is at risk.