The Importance Of Safety Climate

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A significant factor affecting organizational excellence, the adoption of staff surveys used to determine a company’s safety climate are among some of the most impactful actions that can be taken to prevent workplace injuries. Safety standards, hygiene protocols, hazard evaluations, exposure assessments and control strategies are in place to prevent workplace injuries and therefore establish safer work atmospheres; yet occupation related injuries and illnesses still occur. No matter how diligent and attentive workers are, everyone is prone to human error, thus the potential for workplace injuries is always present and unless organizations are constantly evolving and adapting better, safer operations accidents will continue to occur. Risks of …show more content…
Organizational excellence is achieved by gaining a strong understanding of systems approaches to safety issues, so that unsafe conditions and hazards can be recognized, further exemplifying how much of a priority safety climate is. Raising awareness, implementing training sessions, opening lines of communication and making efforts to avoid illness and injury by dealing with occupational accidents swiftly and from the moment they begin need to be established to achieve company accident prevention objectives. After analyzing self-reported survey results regarding quantitative studies of safety climates of various organizations and examining the psychometric properties of survey questionnaires designed to assess behaviors, attitudes and perceptions of occupational safety and health culture, the research utilized by peer reviewed literature was able to identify whether organizations with higher safety climate scores were indicative of having lower rates of on-the-job injuries and illnesses than organizations with lower …show more content…
The idea of work safety climate was first introduced in the original paper, Safety Climate in Industrial Organizations: Theoretical and Applied Implications published by Dr. Dov Zohar in the 80’s. In his paper Dr. Zohar describes workers’ perceptions of how employers place value on the safety of their work environment. Defining work safety climate as a subcategory of organizational climate that is classified as a way of identifying work characteristics associated with high and/or low injury rates among employers (Kearney & others, 2015). All organizations follow a form of workplace ethics and social responsibility to ensure that safety within the organization is driven by a shared belief system that drive employees to action, or inaction, based on their perceptions of reality guided by the safety climate. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and many other federal health and safety legislation vary from one another they all provide requirements for ensuring safe and healthful working conditions, sharing in the belief that workers are entitled to safe work environments. Proposing that when workers feel safe they have better confidence in their capabilities and in-turn provide a more productive working atmosphere increasing an organization’s

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