BOEING REVIEW: FEAR OF RETALIATION IN SAFETY REPORTING

As news breaks of Boeing whistle-blower, John Barnett, being found dead in the USA after alleging he faced retaliatory action, it's perhaps is not surprising the culture of Boeing has come under increased scrutiny.

A review of Boeing's safety reporting system shows employees are afraid to report safety concerns due to fear of retaliation, and many are unaware of how the company's safety management system (SMS) operates.

The review found a disconnect between senior management and other employees regarding safety culture. Employees prefer reporting issues directly to their managers rather than using formal reporting systems due to distrust in the anonymity of these programs.

Additionally, workers report a lack of understanding regarding Boeing's safety culture initiatives and their role in the SMS.

The review has recommended improvements in reporting processes, communication of safety culture, and clarity in SMS documentation to ensure workers understand their role in the SMS.

Source: OHS Alert, 07 March

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