Managers’ viewpoint on factors influencing their commitment to safety: An empirical investigation in five Finnish industrial organisations
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-review
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2017|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
The managers identified role overload, production demands, overly formal safety procedures, external safety goals, workforce attitudes and managers’ attitudes as the most common factors hindering their commitment to safety. On the other hand, the factors that promote managers’ commitment to safety are increasing managers’ safety awareness, influencing managers’ safety attitudes, recognising managers’ safety commitment, emphasising managers’ safety responsibilities, developing adequate organisational safety procedures, superiors’ encouragement and support, benchmarking others’ safety activities, understanding the economic effects of safety, and safety improvement. The suggested organisational measures to support managers’ commitment to safety include inspirational and participative management training; appropriate safety objectives; peer, superior and top management support; campaigns and competitions; employee safety training; and simplified safety procedures and reporting. The study expands on previous studies on supervisors’ safety engagement and suggests practical organisational measures to promote managers’ commitment to safety.