Short Line Safety Institute: Testing the Fidelity of Its Robust Model
The Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI) is dedicated to the continuous improvement of safety and safety culture across all short line and regional railroads in the United States. Strengthening a railroad’s safety culture may result in less frequent or severe accidents and create a safer working environment. SLSI defines safety culture as the shared values, actions, and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to safety over competing goals and demands, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Safety Council’s safety culture definition (Morrow & Coplen, 2017). SLSI conducted a study to assess the fidelity of its Safety Culture Assessment (SCA) model. This report summarizes findings from this study and discusses areas for enhancement of the assessment process.