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Comparing safety climate factors as predictors of work-related driving behavior

Wills, Andrew R., Watson, Barry C., & Biggs, Herbert C. (2006) Comparing safety climate factors as predictors of work-related driving behavior. Journal of Safety Research, 37, pp. 375-383.

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Abstract

Introduction: Research suggests safety climate (SC) is a strong predictor of safety-related outcomes in organizations. This study explores the relationship between six SC dimensions and four aspects of work-related driving. Method: The SC factors measured were "communication and procedures," "work pressures," "relationships," "safety rules," "driver training," and "management commitment." The aspects of selfreported occupational driving measured were traffic violations, driver error, driving while distracted, and pre-trip vehicle maintenance. Results: Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the SC factors accounted for significant amounts of variance in all four aspects of workrelated driving, over and above the control factors of age, sex, and work-related driving exposure. However, further investigation indicated certain SC factors (particularly safety rules, communication, andmanagement commitment) were more strongly related to specific aspects of work-related driving behavior than others. Together, the SC factors were better able to predict self-reported distraction from the road than the other aspects of driving behavior measured. Implications for occupational safety, particularly for the management of work-related drivers are discussed.

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ID Code: 7900
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Safety climate, Safety culture, Work, related driving, Organizational influences, Occupational safety
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2006.05.008
ISSN: 0022-4375
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 30 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:23

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