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NPR 8705.6D
Effective Date: March 29, 2019
Expiration Date: December 29, 2024
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Subject: Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Audits, Reviews, and Assessments

Responsible Office: Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

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CHAPTER 4. Safety Culture Assessments

4.1 Overview

4.1.1 Safety culture is the part of safety and health management systems concerned with the way safety is perceived, valued, and prioritized in organizations.

4.1.2 NASA developed the Agency's Five Factor Safety Culture Model to standardize the understanding, expectations, and measurement of NASA's safety culture. Standardization helps establish a common language to discuss safety culture issues and concerns. More details on this program can be found in the NASA-HDBK-8709.24, NASA Safety Culture Handbook, and Orientation to NASA Safety Culture (SATERN Course HQ-SMA-ONSC), and Safety Culture for Supervisors (SATERN Course HQ-SMA-SCS). Routine feedback from the workforce is a fundamental tenet of developing and maintaining a healthy safety culture. Feedback should be obtained, analyzed, and shared on a regular basis to monitor and improve how the Agency prioritizes, values, and perceives safety.

4.1.3 The objective of the Safety Culture Survey is for personnel at all NASA Centers and organizations, including NASA HQ, to provide feedback regarding their safety culture at the Organizational, Directorate, Center, and Agency levels.

4.2 Roles and Responsibilities

4.2.1 Center Directors shall:

a. Assess the safety culture using the Agency's approved NASA Safety Culture Survey (SCS) every two years. The Safety Culture Working Group, in coordination with the OSMA established SCS schedule, may allow an alternate interval such as every three years, on a case by case basis.

b. Disseminate SCS results to Center stakeholders.

4.2.2 Center SMA Directors shall:

a. Inform the Center Director and OSMA on the SCS results within 90 days of survey closeout. Survey closeout is when the Center stops accepting survey input.

b.Analyze and incorporate SCS results into review and planning of Center safety and health management systems.

4.2.3 OSMA shall:

a. Inform the NASA Administrator of Agency-level SCS results 120 days after the closeout of the last survey in the survey cycle.

b.Provide Agency-level SCS results to the Centers.

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