Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers

White, K, Jimmieson, N, Obst, P, Gee, P, Haneman, L, OBrien-McInally, B and Cockshaw, W 2016, 'Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers', Safety Science, vol. 82, pp. 164-173.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers
Author(s) White, K
Jimmieson, N
Obst, P
Gee, P
Haneman, L
OBrien-McInally, B
Cockshaw, W
Year 2016
Journal name Safety Science
Volume number 82
Start page 164
End page 173
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract The current study explored underlying beliefs regarding work safety among a sample of experienced Australian electrical workers. A qualitative research methodology using the theory of planned behavior as a framework was employed. A series of interviews and focus groups with licensed electrical workers (N= 46) were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Beliefs were classified as advantages (e.g. personal safety of self and co-workers), disadvantages (e.g., inconvenience to customer/clients and workload), referents (e.g., supervisors, work colleagues, customers), barriers (e.g., time and cost), and facilitators (e.g., training and knowledge, equipment availability) of safety adherence. The belief basis of the theory of planned behavior was a useful framework for exploring workers' safety beliefs. The identified beliefs can inform future research about the important factors influencing safe work decisions and inform strategies to promote safer workplace decision making within the electrical safety context.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) Electrical safety
Safety compliance
Attitudes
Barriers
Theory of planned behavior
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.008
Copyright notice © 2015 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN 0925-7535
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