Turnover rate as a measure of safety culture?

February 8, 2013

Blogger Dave Weber, a former Safety and Environmental Manager and founder of Safety Awakenings makes an interesting observation:

Companies with low staff turnover tend to have good safety records and excellent safety cultures.

Having a good culture means they are good places to work.  They are profitable, so treat staff well.  Lower turnover also means there is better retention of safety knowledge.

Could staff turnover (and the factors that affect staff turnover) potentially be used as one measure of safety culture?  If there is a correlation, does this correlation apply to both occupational safety culture and process safety culture?