Safety culture research, lead indicators, and the development of safety effectiveness indicators in the construction sector

Biggs, Herbert C., Dingsdag, Donald P., Kirk, Philip J., & Cipolla, Dean (2009) Safety culture research, lead indicators, and the development of safety effectiveness indicators in the construction sector. In 5th International Conference on Knowledge Technology and Society, 30 January - 1 February 2009, Huntsville AL,USA. (Unpublished)

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Construction sector application of Lead Indicators generally and Positive Performance Indicators (PPIs) particularly, are largely seen by the sector as not providing generalizable indicators of safety effectiveness. Similarly, safety culture is often cited as an essential factor in improving safety performance, yet there is no known reliable way of measuring safety culture. This paper proposes that the accurate measurement of safety effectiveness and safety culture is a requirement for assessing safe behaviours, safety knowledge, effective communication and safety performance. Currently there are no standard national or international safety effectiveness indicators (SEIs) that are accepted by the construction industry. The challenge is that quantitative survey instruments developed for measuring safety culture and/ or safety climate are inherently flawed methodologically and do not produce reliable and representative data concerning attitudes to safety. Measures that combine quantitative and qualitative components are needed to provide a clear utility for safety effectiveness indicators.

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ID Code: 26861
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: safe behaviours, safety knowledge, safety culture, lead indicators, communication
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2009 23:03
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 03:43

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