Exploring typical and atypical safety climate perceptions of practitioners in the repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) sector in Hong Kong

Hon, Carol K.H. & Liu, Yulin (2016) Exploring typical and atypical safety climate perceptions of practitioners in the repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) sector in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(10), Article no. 935.

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Abstract

The safety of repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) work is an under-explored area. This study explored the typical and atypical safety climate perceptions of practitioners in the RMAA sector in Hong Kong, based on a self-administered questionnaire survey of 662 local practitioners in the industry. Profile analysis, via multidimensional scaling of the respondents’ scores of three safety climate scales, identified one typical perception: high in management commitment to occupational health and safety (OHS) and employee involvement, low in applicability for safety rules and regulations, and low in responsibility for OHS. The respondents were clustered into typical and atypical perception groups according to their safety climate scores’ match to the typical perception. A comparison of demographics between the two groups with logistic regression found that work level and direct employer significantly affect their classification. A multivariate analysis of variance of safety performance measures between the two groups indicated that the typical group had a significantly higher level of safety compliance than the atypical group, with no significant difference in safety participation or injury. The significance of this study lies in revealing the typical safety climate perception profile pattern of RMAA works and offering a new perspective of safety climate research.

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ID Code: 99493
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Safety, repair and maintenance, Safety climate, Profile Analysis
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13100935
ISSN: 1661-7827
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Funding:
  • RESEARCH GRANTS COUN/PolyU 5103/07E
  • QUT/ECARD
  • NNSF CHINA/71471023
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
Copyright Statement: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2016 22:36
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 00:06

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