Assessing Employee Safety Motivation

Safety experts estimate that 80-90% of all industrial accidents are attributable to ‘human factors’. Addressing the social and organizational factors that have an impact on safety would therefore seem to be an effective way of reducing accidents. Evidence suggests that workers’ self-reported safety behaviours are associated with fewer injuries and accidents, and research indicates that employees who report higher levels of safety motivation are more likely to engage in safety behaviours at work. To date, safety motivation research has been somewhat limited by its focus on the level of employee safety motivation, without looking at the type of motivation. Understanding the factors that motivate employees to work safely is an important step in changing unsafe behaviour and improving participation in safety activities in the workplace. Few assessment tools for evaluating employee motivation to work safely exist. In order to address that gap, the research team developed and assessed a survey instrument capable of evaluating different types of safety motivation.

Source :
http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/research_results/res_60_10_1170.asp
http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/funding_decisions/assets/pdf/2012/RS2010-DG08.pdf

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