Facilitator’s Guide: Safety Culture


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The United States Department of Homeland Security have identified the following “16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”


Based on our groundbreaking book, we have developed this Safety Culture Cross Cultural Game.

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The challenge owner/operators face is to assure that all members of their ecosystem adhere to and implement Safety Culture, aka Culture of Safety in an effective manner. Regulatory bodies hold the owner to the highest safety culture standard. However, through the use of “Bridging Documents” and other engineering and legal instruments, operators spread the risk among suppliers. NOT to agree to this documents in paramount to excluding your organization from the bidding process. In other words, the revenue stream is at risk.


Adhering to Safety Culture Tenets is mandatory regardless of position in the ecosystem. This game teaches both owner/operators and their suppliers how to collaborate for success as a function of each firm’s organizational culture.


Metrics for each team are:


  • Production
  • Safety Culture
  • Revenue/Service Cost


The intent of the team composition and game scenario is to engage the Safety Culture process. This is not specifically stated, but implicitly integrated into the Pre-Game and Post-Game questionnaire as well as the team member selection and Negotiation (Game) process.



The operator is responsible for drilling and completing an oil well–the Background is the same for both Players. The Operator Player is charged with a Scenario per the Sidebar and is rewarded accordingly. Likewise, their counterpart has a similar end game, but different reward system. Each must collaborate to realize their individual value.


The Goal of the Game is to arrive at a strategy for the safe solution to the engineering problem


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