Safety climate : recent developments and future implications

Hon, Carol K.H. & Chan, Albert (2009) Safety climate : recent developments and future implications. In Lingard, Helen, Cooke, Tracy, & Turner, Michelle (Eds.) Proceedings of the W099 Conference : Working Together: Planning, Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Construction Industry, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 45-54.


Safety climate is a current interest to construction practitioners and researchers. The concept of safety climate has been actively explored in the field of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) psychology but yet in the construction industry. This paper aims to review the literature of safety climate in a systematic manner and highlight future directions for safety research and development of safety practices in the construction industry. The value of safety climate lies on its ability to predict safety behavior. Safety climate, as a mediator, unfolds the relationship between organizational variables and safety behavior. It, as a moderator, affects the effectiveness of any safety initiatives to improve safety performance. Future research directions would be likely to look at relationship between organizational factors and safety climate using multi-level analysis. To the construction industry, safety climate measurement is a good indicator to assess safety performance. Empirical studies show that frontline supervisor would be the best conduit to create a positive safety climate at workgroup level. It is believed that this paper is beneficial to researchers interested in behavioral aspect of construction safety and industry practitioners striving for safety on site.

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ID Code: 70587
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Safety Climate, Repair Maintenance Alteration and Addition Works, Construction Industry of Hong Kong
ISBN: 9781921426476
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 02 May 2014 00:41
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 00:15

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