Accidents and Safety in the Workplace

Sharon Clarke

in The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well Being

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199211913
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Accidents and Safety in the Workplace

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Ensuring high levels of occupational health and safety remains a significant issue. Detailed accident analyses have highlighted the role played by front-line employees as well as the importance of organizational and managerial factors. The realization that organizational accidents occur within a cultural and social context has led to the rise in popularity of the concept of safety climate. Safety climate allows the individual to interpret organizational events and processes in relation to personal and organizational safety values and to determine the appropriateness of safety-related behavior. Although safety climate has been included as an element of the healthy work organization, the contribution that a positive safety climate can make to organizational health and well-being is little understood. Developing a fuller understanding of organizational safety climate has important theoretical and research implications, and also remains a significant issue for industry and wider society in terms of practical application.

Keywords: occupational health; safety; organizational accidents; safety climate; well-being

Article.  8961 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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