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

Biggs, Herbert C., Dinsdag, Don, Kirk, Philip J., & Cipolla, Dean (2010) Safety culture research, lead indicators, and the development of safety effectiveness indicators in the construction sector. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 6(3), pp. 133-140.

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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: 37632
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Safe Behaviours, Safety Knowledge, Effective Communication, Lead Indicators, Safety Culture, Safety Climate
ISSN: 1832-3669
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The authors and Common Ground
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