Safety climate and culture: integrating psychological and systems perspectives

Casey, Tristan, Griffin, Mark A., Harrison, Huw Flatau and Neal, Andrew (2017) Safety climate and culture: integrating psychological and systems perspectives. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 22 3: 341-353. doi:10.1037/ocp0000072

Author Casey, Tristan
Griffin, Mark A.
Harrison, Huw Flatau
Neal, Andrew
Title Safety climate and culture: integrating psychological and systems perspectives
Journal name Journal of Occupational Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1939-1307
Publication date 2017-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/ocp0000072
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 341
End page 353
Total pages 13
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Subject 3202 Applied Psychology
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Safety climate research has reached a mature stage of development, with a number of meta-analyses demonstrating the link between safety climate and safety outcomes. More recently, there has been interest from systems theorists in integrating the concept of safety culture and to a lesser extent, safety climate into systems-based models of organizational safety. Such models represent a theoretical and practical development of the safety climate concept by positioning climate as part of a dynamic work system in which perceptions of safety act to constrain and shape employee behavior. We propose safety climate and safety culture constitute part of the enabling capitals through which organizations build safety capability. We discuss how organizations can deploy different configurations of enabling capital to exert control over work systems and maintain safe and productive performance. We outline 4 key strategies through which organizations to reconcile the system control problems of promotion versus prevention, and stability versus flexibility.
Keyword Control theory
Safety capability
Safety climate
Safety culture
Work systems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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