The effect of safety climate on seafarers' safety behaviors in container shipping

Chin-shan Lu, Chaur Luh Tsai

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This study empirically examined safety climate and its effects on safety behaviors from seafarers' perceptions in the container shipping context. Research hypotheses were formulated and tested using survey data collected from 608 seafarers working on 124 vessels belonging to 13 of the top 20 global container carriers. A structural equation model was used to examine the effect of safety climate dimensions, namely, safety policy, perceived supervisor safety behavior, and safety management, on safety behavior. The results revealed a positive association between safety climate and seafarers' safety behavior. The contribution of the study findings to the development of safety climate theory and their managerial implications for vessel safety in shipping operations are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1999-2006
Number of pages8
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Container shipping
  • Safety behavior
  • Safety climate
  • Seafarer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Law


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