Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

May 16, 2014

 

Evaluating safety culture and safety climate in construction

CPWR report cover

What do "safety culture" and "safety climate" mean and what effect do they have on an organization's injury and illness record? Until recently, there was no consensus on how to define these concepts or measure them.

Last year, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and NIOSH held a day-and-a-half workshop to address these needs. A new report, Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice, describes the outcomes of the workshop and its individual sessions.

The workshop organizers note that the workshop "began the process of changing 'how business is done' by creating a vibrant dialogue among practitioners and researchers, industry professionals, and union representatives about what these concepts are, how they should be measured, and ideas for how they can be improved."

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