Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
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Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces

Individual, Work and Organizational Factors

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces argues for greater reporting of workplace accidents and injuries. It also incorporates stress as a factor in rates of accidents and injuries, and suggests ways in which workplace safety cultures can be fostered and improved. This book will be an invaluable tool for students of management, especially those with an interest in small businesses.
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Chapter 15: Types of safety cultures and best practice suggestions

Sharon Clarke

Abstract

This chapter reviews typologies of safety culture, which reflect an organization’s core values and assumptions about safety, and related research on safety culture and safety climate. It integrates research on key aspects of an effective safety culture, including leadership, teamwork, employee participation, encouraging employees to speak up about safety, and the relationship between safety culture and safety climate. Ways of organizing and managing safety are discussed in the context of ensuring that organizations implement best practice interventions to reduce accidents and improve organizational safety performance.

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