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 17: The benefits of transformational leadership and transformational leadership training on health and safety outcomes

Tabatha Thibault, Duygu Biricik Gulseren and E. Kevin Kelloway


Transformational leadership is a leadership model often discussed in occupational health psychology (OHP). Transformational leadership is associated with a plethora of employee outcomes (for example, performance, well-being and safety performance). Transformational leaders can help counteract the negative consequences of job stressors, act as a resource for employees, instil a positive safety climate and act as a role model for safety behaviours. This leadership style is trainable, and interventions can be used to help improve employee health and safety outcomes. Transformational leaders can also play a critical role in the effectiveness of OHP interventions.

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