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Safety perception referents of permanent and temporary employees: safety climate boundaries in the industrial workplace.
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PMID:  20538097     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore the significant referents of safety perceptions among permanent and temporary employees in order to identify the boundaries of safety climate in a heterogeneous workforce. METHOD: Collection of data from semi-structured interviews with employees in manufacturing organizations, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to identify basic safety perceptions. Independent raters used content analysis to examine the data. RESULTS: Analysis of the data revealed differences between safety themes at organization, group and individual levels. Themes relating to the individual were more prevalent among temporary employees, while those relating to the group and the organization prevailed among permanent employees. CONCLUSIONS: Permanent employees view organizational and group levels as significant referents of safety perceptions, while temporary employees focus on the individual level. The results challenge the current view of safety climate as a uniform concept for all employees and prescribe boundary conditions for safety climate. It is suggested that organizations should implement "tailor-made" safety-climate practices according to the referents of employee sub-groups.
Gil Luria; Dana Yagil
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-03-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1879-2057     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-11     Completed Date:  2010-09-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1423-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Human Services, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*,  psychology
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Safety Management*
Workplace / organization & administration*,  standards
Young Adult

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