NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB to Hold Forum on Safety Culture in the Transportation Industry

July 25

The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will hold a forum addressing the importance of safety culture in transportation on September 10 and 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

"In our accident investigations we’ve seen instances of weak or non-existent safety cultures," said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "In this forum, we want to highlight what's present in strong safety cultures as well as identify what works to build these cultures in order to more effectively prevent accidents."

The forum will review the progress and innovations that have been made in developing safety cultures throughout the transportation community and pinpoint areas where there are opportunities for improvements. Participants — including operators, labor groups and oversight authorities — will outline their roles, responsibilities and methods for developing effective safety cultures, with emphasis on the remaining challenges and steps needed for further improvements.

The two-day forum, "Safety Culture: Enhancing Transportation Safety," will be chaired by Hersman; all five Board Members will participate. Panelists include researchers, regulators, and leaders in both transportation and non-transportation industries.

A detailed agenda and list of participants will be released closer to the date of the event and will be available on the forum web page.

The forum will be held in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W. Washington D.C. It is open to the public and free of charge. No registration is necessary. For those who are unable to attend in person, the forum can be viewed via webcast at www.ntsb.gov.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.