Safety climate : recent developments and future implications

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Safety climate is of current interest to construction practitioners and researchers. The concept of safety climate has been actively explored in the field of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology but is just gaining popularity in the construction industry. This paper aims to review the literature of safety climate in a systematic manner and highlight future directions for safety research and development of safety practices in the construction industry. The value of safety climate lies in its ability to predict safety behaviour. Safety climate, as a mediator, unfolds the relationship between organizational variables and safety behaviour. It, as a moderator, affects the effectiveness of any safety initiatives to improve safety performance. Future research directions would be likely to look at relationship between organizational factors and safety climate using a multi-level analysis. To the construction industry, safety climate measurement is a good indicator to assess safety performance. Empirical studies show that frontline supervisor would be the best conduit to create a positive safety climate at workgroup level. This paper is beneficial to researchers interested in behavioural aspects of construction safety and industry practitioners striving for achieving better safe behaviour on site.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventCIB W099 International Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceCIB W099 International Conference
Period1/01/09 → …


  • Safety climate
  • Repair maintenance alteration and addition works
  • Construction industry of Hong Kong

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