Safety culture in defence explosive ordnance: developing a safety climate measure

Murphy, Peter J. and Fogarty, Gerard J. (2010) Safety culture in defence explosive ordnance: developing a safety climate measure. In: 52nd Annual Conference of the International Military Testing Association, 27 Sept - 1 Oct 2010, Lucerne, Switzerland.

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It is increasingly recognised within high-consequence industries that a positive safety culture is strongly linked to various safety outcomes and performance indicators. Explosive ordnance (EO) is an area that demands a high level of safety culture, indeed it is a reputational and operational necessity. This paper introduces a measure of safety climate tailored to the EO domain. The paper describes the background to the study, the development of items, and the subsequent factorial validation of scales on the basis of a sample of 272 EO personnel. The factor structure that emerged was very similar to the postulated structure of 14 climate dimensions. These 14 dimensions were shown to represent three meta-themes in the data: Safety Awareness and Responsibility (8 subscales), Safety Resources issues (3 subscales), and Safety System issues (3 subscales). The authors are confident that the EO Safety Survey is a valid, reliable and powerful tool that will support the goal of holistic reform of the EO domain. The EO Safety Survey will inform and enable tailored safety intervention efforts, improved compliance monitoring, and benchmarking studies that, collectively, will enhance the management of the human factors issues that impact on EO work.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: APA citation for this paper is: Murphy, P. J., & Fogarty, G. (2010). Safety Culture in Defence Explosive Ordnance: Developing a Safety Climate Measure. Proceedings of the 52 International Military Testing Association Conference, Lucerne, Switzerland.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2010 05:18
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: safety culture; safety climate; explosive ordnance
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810102 Army
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810101 Air Force
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810108 Navy

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