Predicting safety culture: The roles of employer, operations manager and safety professional

Tsung Chih Wu, Chia Hung Lin, Sen Yu Shiau

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Abstract

Introduction: This study explores predictive factors in safety culture. Method: In 2008, a sample 939 employees was drawn from 22 departments of a telecoms firm in five regions in central Taiwan. The sample completed a questionnaire containing four scales: the employer safety leadership scale, the operations manager safety leadership scale, the safety professional safety leadership scale, and the safety culture scale. The sample was then randomly split into two subsamples. One subsample was used for measures development, one for the empirical study. Results: A stepwise regression analysis found four factors with a significant impact on safety culture (R2 = 0.337): safety informing by operations managers; safety caring by employers; and safety coordination and safety regulation by safety professionals. Safety informing by operations managers (ß = 0.213) was by far the most significant predictive factor. Impact on industry: The findings of this study provide a framework for promoting a positive safety culture at the group level. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-431
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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