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Document ID (ISN)109866
CIS number 09-847
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mearns K., Yule S.
Title The role of national culture in determining safety performance: Challenges for the global oil and gas industry
Bibliographic information July 2009, Vol.47, No.6, p.777-785. 34 ref.
Abstract This article addresses the issue of occupational safety and how the process of globalization can potentially influence the beliefs and behaviour of disparate national workforces working across the globe for the same multi-national company. It reviews published literature on cross-cultural differences in attitudes, perceptions and beliefs regarding safety and presents the findings of a study examining the relationship between cultural value dimensions, safety climate and risk-taking behaviour in workforce members of a multi-national engineering organization operating in six countries. The results suggest that perceived management commitment to safety and the effectiveness of safety measures exert more impact on workforce behaviour and accident rates than national cultural values.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; machinery industry; large enterprises; petroleum and natural gas industry; human behaviour; hazard evaluation; psychology and sociology
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; responsibilities of employers; role of supervisory staff; role of management; plant safety organization
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Globalization
Risk evaluation
Metalworking industry
Safety culture and safety consciousness
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Psychological factors