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Work environment and safety climate: what factors are important for the employee’s experience of safety climate and safety compliance?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)In: Imagine the future world: How do we want to work tomorrow?: Abstract proceedings of the 16th EAWOP Congress 2013 / [ed] Guido Hertel, Carmen Binnewies, Stefan Krumm, Heinz Holling, Martin Kleinmann, Münster: Münstersche Informations‐ und Archivsystem multimedialer Inhalte (miami), 2013, 594-594 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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During the last decade’s safety issues and theoretical concepts such as safety culture, safety climate and safety management have become more important in organizations as well as in working life in general. This trend has also affected the health care sector where theories on safety culture and climate, safety management and safety behavior now are considered vital ingredients in the health care organizations. The question is, how and in what way do the perceived working environment relate to safety attitudes and behaviors such as safety climate and safety compliance? Therefore, this study focuses on work environment issues (e.g., work load, team climate, autonomy and leadership) and their impact on employee safety climate perceptions, safety compliance and safety behavior. I addition this study also test for the relative importance of demographics, and occupation (status) for the attitudinal and behavior related safety outcomes. The study uses questionnaire data from a ward belonging to an emergency hospitals operating in the rural area in Sweden. Data are currently being collected and will be analyzed using structure equation modeling in order to test for a model linking work environment perceptions to safety outcomes. The results will be described and discussed in terms of theoretical implications relating to the linkage between work environment and safety behavior as well as in terms of practical implications for policy-makers and hospital managers. The paper highlights the importance of taking the work environment (work load, team climate and leadership characteristics’) in to account in order to create a safety culture that both patients and employee’s are benefiting from.

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Münster: Münstersche Informations‐ und Archivsystem multimedialer Inhalte (miami), 2013. 594-594 p.
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work environment, safety climate
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99537OAI: diva2:687212
16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22-25 May, Münster, Germany
Available from: 2014-01-13 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-06-27Bibliographically approved

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