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Safety Climate Among Nontraditional Workers in Construction: Arguing for a Focus on Construed External Safety Image

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posted on 22.07.2022, 20:08 authored by Emily StiehlEmily Stiehl, Linda ForstLinda Forst
Safety climate, employees' perceptions of work-related safety, 1 has been promoted as a leading indicator of workplace safety in construction. 2 , 3 While research has primarily examined internal organizational sources (e.g., manager attitudes, formal organizational policies) on these perceptions, external sources of information might be more relevant to construction workers in nontraditional jobs who work for a limited time and/or have limited interaction with other employees. This paper argues for the future development of a construed external safety image scale to measure employees' perceptions about how external groups view their organization's safety. 4 The construed external safety image would capture the external sources that nontraditional workers use to assess safety climate and will allow public health researchers to identify and change dangerous workplaces while more effectively communicating information about safe workplaces to workers. The public health relevance of safety climate and construed external safety image for monitoring and communicating safety to nontraditional workers require examination.

Funding

Occupational Safety And Health, ERC, University Of Illinois At Chicago E5216/E3851 | Funder: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Grant ID: T42OH008672

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Citation

Stiehl, E.Forst, L. (2018). Safety Climate Among Nontraditional Workers in Construction: Arguing for a Focus on Construed External Safety Image. NEW SOLUTIONS A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 28(1), 33-54. https://doi.org/10.1177/1048291117752461

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Language

en

issn

1048-2911