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Citation

Cheyne A, Tomás JM, Oliver A. Span. J. Psychol. 2013; 16: E54.

Affiliation

Loughborough University (UK).

Copyright

(Copyright © 2013, Complutense University of Madrid, Publisher Cambridge University Press)

DOI

10.1017/sjp.2013.38

PMID

23866251

Abstract

This study examines the relationships between components of organizational safety climate, including employee attitudes to organizational safety issues; perceptions of the physical working environment, and evaluations of worker engagement with safety issues; and relates these to self-reported levels of safety behavior. It attempts to explore the relationships between these variables in 1189 workers across 78 work groups in a large transportation organization. Evaluations of safety climate, the working environment and worker engagement, as well as safe behaviors, were collected using a self report questionnaire. The multilevel analysis showed that both levels of evaluation (the work group and the individual), and some cross-level interactions, were significant in explaining safe behaviors. Analyses revealed that a number of variables, at both levels, were associated with worker engagement and safe behaviors. The results suggest that, while individual evaluations of safety issues are important, there is also a role for the fostering of collective safety climates in encouraging safe behaviors and therefore reducing accidents.


Language: en

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