The determinants of safety climate: A conceptual model to explore how psychological capital and wellbeing affect safety leadership

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    Abstract

    Safety in the construction industry is a major issue in the United Kingdom and the United States, representing about 20% and 31% of all fatal injuries respectively in 2013. Research suggests a strong predictor of safety performance is safety climate, while safety climate is mainly cultivated by safety leadership behaviours. Although psychological constructs is an important factor influencing behaviours, there has been scant attention to which positive psychological constructs might drive the positive safety leadership behaviours. To narrow such a research gap, we examined how positive psychological constructs studied in positive organisational behaviour (POB) theory may inform our understanding of human mechanisms that affect safety leadership. Specifically, we looked into how psychological capital and well-being may be associated with safety leadership behaviours which in turn affect safety climate in construction organisations. We accomplish these objectives by putting forth a conceptual model and methodological suggestion with related limitations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • positive organisational behaviour
    • psychological capital
    • safety leadership
    • well­being
    • safety climate

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