A qualitative investigation of the safety culture of two organisations

Walker, A. 2008, A qualitative investigation of the safety culture of two organisations, Journal of occupational health and safety : Australia and New Zealand, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 201-212.

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Title A qualitative investigation of the safety culture of two organisations
Author(s) Walker, A.
Journal name Journal of occupational health and safety : Australia and New Zealand
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 201
End page 212
Total pages 12
Publisher CCH Australia Ltd
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 0815-6409
Keyword(s) commerce
industry
occupational health
organizational culture
safety management
Australia
attitude
communication
female
humans
male
manufactured materials
personnel management
risk management
Summary A qualitative investigation of the safety culture of two contrasting organisations was undertaken. The research sought to identify categories and themes in the data that highlighted similarities and differences in salient safety issues for employees from the two organisations. The participants were 131 employees attending safety training sessions in a large national retail organisation and a heavy manufacturing organisation. Unobtrusive observation was used to collect data during the safety training sessions. Thematic analysis was used to identify emergent categories and themes from the data. Ten broad categories with relevant themes were identified and provided some insight into the safety culture of the two organisations, with both similarities and differences being evident. Participants from both organisations mentioned management issues in relation to safety, discussed the impact of employee risk- taking behaviour on safety, made reference to a blame culture, and raised integrity issues regarding safety. For the manufacturing organisation, a number of themes focused on contractor issues, while in the retail organisation, several themes highlighted differences in safety attitudes between head office and store-level employees.
Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, CCH Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017681

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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