Does safety compliance contribute to a safe work culture? Safety compliance comes from a regulatory mindset from which a particular way a society should behave is codified into law. Within this framework, achieving compliance means that you must be justifiably doing the right thing. Therefore, it is not surprising that safety compliance is often associated with safe work environments. Difficulties arise, however, when we must distinguish among questions of safety that are either not addressed by the law or where the law isn't helpful for creating and sustaining a desired behavior.
For sake of discussion, consider that according to a recent GMAC Insurance National Driver's study published by CNN in May 2005, one out of ten drivers regularly exceeds the speed limit by 11 or more miles per hour. The number increases dramatically when drivers are asked if they speed on occasion. The fact is that most drivers speed despite warnings from a Federal Highway Administration warning that one in three traffic fatalities are caused by speeding. The threat of a speeding ticket can act as a deterrent, but at what point is egocentricity replaced with rational thinking?