OSA Resource Library

Below are resources and tools available to support participants as they work to advance personal and process safety within their organizations.  These resources may be filtered by OSA Foundational Area as well as OSA Participant Action. These resources are provided for illustration purposes only and do not amend existing industry standards or establish new standards.  Each company should develop its own approach, and sound business, scientific, engineering, and safety judgment should be used in employing the information contained herein.  


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    Leadership Area

    The Leadership area encourages companies to take steps within their organization which establish visible leadership through regular and effective communication and engagement with front line supervision and other members of the onsite workforce.

    OSA Guiding Principles

    OSA guiding principles serve to guide every action taken by the program and its participants, who are working together to drive step-change to eliminate serious injury and fatality events. 

    Safety Culture

    Safety culture characteristics can be used as criteria against which companies can assess their own safety cultures and to identify potential improvement opportunities. Regularly assessing these characteristics is important to assure that the organization is creating, keeping, and improving its safety culture. Using a standardized list of success factors and obstacles against which to assess allows for such assessments to be done in a more systematic and comparable way, allowing for a better understanding over time of the safety culture and potential impacts of any improvement activities.


    The commitment to safety and the active engagement of leaders at all levels is critical to the development and continual improvement of an organization’s safety culture.  

    Open Communication

    An important characteristic of a robust safety culture is a work environment in which personnel are encouraged to communicate openly, freely, accurately, and clearly. 

    Inquiring Attitude

    An inquiring attitude is to learn by seeking knowledge by asking questions based on the manner or way one thinks about, behaves toward, or feels toward someone or something. Individuals with inquiring attitudes continually review existing assets, conditions and activities, question deficiencies that might result in error or inappropriate action, and help the organization avoid complacency. 

    Personal Accountability

    Personnel hold themselves and others responsible for their actions, which is key to the successful implementation and improvement of a robust safety culture. 

    Respect and Trust

    A work environment where personnel feel the information they share is respected and trusted as an accurate reflection of the situation is key to creating and keeping a robust safety culture. 

    Environment for Raising Concerns

    A work environment that promotes personnel sharing concerns, mistakes, and observations as opportunities to learn and improve is key to keeping a robust safety culture.