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

Wills A.R., Watson B. and Biggs H.C. (2006) Comparing safety climate factors as predictors of work-related driving behavior. Journal of Safety Research, 37 4: 375-383. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2006.05.008

Author Wills A.R.
Watson B.
Biggs H.C.
Title Comparing safety climate factors as predictors of work-related driving behavior
Journal name Journal of Safety Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4375
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jsr.2006.05.008
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 375
End page 383
Total pages 9
Language eng
Subject 3313 Transportation
3311 Safety Research
3308 Law
3307 Human Factors and Ergonomics
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
2213 Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
1504 Commercial Services
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 self-reported 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 work-related 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, and management 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.
Keyword Occupational safety
Organizational influences
Safety climate
Safety culture
Work-related driving
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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