Press Release

BST Survey: NASA Safety Climate and Culture Change Initiative is Working

By SpaceRef Editor
February 19, 2005
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BST project leaders discuss their new NASA report/survey

In February 2003, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board investigation concluded that NASA’s safety climate and culture contributed as much to the Space Shuttle Columbia accident as any mechanical failure. The challenge was to fix the technology and the culture in preparation for the Space Shuttle’s return to flight in 2005.

A new report/survey by Behavioral Science Technology Inc. (BST), Ojai, California, finds that NASA is indeed making “solid, measurable progress in transforming its organizational safety climate and culture.” The report was released today on NASA’s Web site, http://www.nasa.gov .

“Statistically and anecdotally, the progress is real, and the process is working faster than what has been achievable in many organizations,” said R. Scott Stricoff, president of BST, which is operating under government contract to facilitate NASA’s culture change initiative. “NASA’s commitment to improvement and the pace of progress are among the best we at BST have seen in our 25-year history.”

Mr. Stricoff and other BST experts are available to comment on various aspects of the survey results, implementation of the NASA program, and the overall rationale for “leading with safety” when addressing organizational climate and culture change. To speak with a BST expert about the NASA project or other work, or to receive additional media information, please contact one of the following:

Scott Tennant, Dix & Eaton, 216-241-4628; stennant@dix-eaton.com

Andrew Gilman, BST, 805-646-4595, ext. 140; andrew.gilman@bstsolutions.com

BST is an international corporation focused on comprehensive and tailored approaches for building injury-free workplaces. Founded in 1979, BST pioneered the application of behavioral science methods to safety performance. BST’s technology has helped more than 1,700 sites in 46 countries worldwide achieve outstanding safety performance. For more information, visit http://www.bstsolutions.com .

SpaceRef staff editor.