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Document ID (ISN)109975
CIS number 09-964
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Antonsen S.
Title The relationship between culture and safety on offshore supply vessels
Bibliographic information Oct. 2009, Vol.47, No.8, p.1118-1128. 69 ref.
Abstract The article examines the relationship between culture and safety on offshore supply vessels in the Norwegian petroleum sector, relying on both qualitative and quantitative data. The analysis makes a general description of cultural traits, epitomized through the notion of "good seamanship", and discusses the way these traits influence safety. Findings show a great deal of friction between aspects of culture and aspects of structure. In particular, there appear to be incompatibilities between the occupational culture on the vessels and the strict rule-based safety management approaches of the petroleum industry. The role of inter-group asymmetries in power and status in the definition of what constitutes safe working conditions are highlighted. Finally, whether culture can (and should) be changed is discussed.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; Norway; offshore oil extraction; ships; sea transport; psychology and sociology
Descriptors (secondary) human factors; safety rules; experience; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Water transportation
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Safety culture and safety consciousness