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§ 15 Sound health, safety and environment culture

A sound health, safety and environment culture that includes all phases and activity areas shall be encouraged through continuous work to reduce risk and improve health, safety and the environment.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

A sound health, safety and environment culture can be observed in enterprises that organise continuous, critical and thorough work in order to reduce risk and improve health, safety and the environment. Elements of a sound health, safety and environment culture could thus be
  1. that systematic, continuous and broad-spectrum monitoring and mapping methods are used as a basis for determined and managed prioritisation of efforts in the health, safety and environment work - based on the regulations' principles of risk reduction and management,
  2. that the effort and means in the health, safety and environment work are continuously subject to a critical assessment as regards potential goal conflicts and efficiency,
  3. that there is a clear understanding in the organisation that culture is not an individual quality, but something that is developed in the interaction between people and given framework conditions. Therefore, management responsibilities and behaviour will be key elements at all levels of the business,
  4. that development and collective learning is facilitated through competence enhancement, participation and a systematic and critical reflection at all levels, and
  5. that health, safety and environment work cannot be viewed independently from each other or from other value-creating processes in the enterprise.