A test of direct and indirect pathways linking safety climate, psychological health, and unsafe behaviours

Fogarty, Gerard J. and Buikstra, Elizabeth (2008) A test of direct and indirect pathways linking safety climate, psychological health, and unsafe behaviours. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8 (2). pp. 199-210. ISSN 1546-3214

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between workplace safety climate factors, individual psychological health factors, and self-reported errors and violation behaviours. The aim was to test hypotheses about different causal pathways for errors and procedural violations. A total of 308 aviation maintenance engineers completed a self-report questionnaire developed for this study. A structural model depicting workplace violations and psychological health acting as mediators between safety climate and errors was tested using structural equation modelling. The model fitted the data with safety climate accounting for 63% of the variance in violations and 52% of the variance in psychological health. Violations and psychological health combined to predict 58% of the variance in errors. The study demonstrates the importance of including both organizational and individual level variables to assess the safety status of an organization through the use of expanded safety climate surveys.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The correct APA citation for this article is: Fogarty, G. & Buikstra, E. (2008). A test of direct and indirect pathways linking safety climate, psychological health, and unsafe behaviours. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8, (2), 199-210.
Depositing User: Prof. Gerry Fogarty
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2009 11:09
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 23:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: safety climate; unsafe acts; mediation; aviation maintenance errors
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810109 Personnel
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4862

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