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Document ID (ISN)111091
CIS number 10-0623
ISSN - Serial title 0001-4575 - Accident Analysis and Prevention
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hsu S.H., Lee C.C., Wu M.C., Takano K.
Title A cross-cultural study of organizational factors on safety: Japanese vs. Taiwanese oil refinery plants
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.40, No.1, p.24-34. Illus. 49 ref.
Abstract This study attempts to identify specific organizational factors and their influence on safety in Taiwan and Japan. Data were collected from employees of Taiwanese and Japanese oil refinery plants. The casual relationships between organizational factors and workers' safety performance were investigated using structural equation modelling. Results show that organizational factors on safety differ in the two countries. Organizational characteristics in Taiwanese plants included higher level of management commitment to safety, harmonious interpersonal relationship, more emphasis on safety activities, higher devotion to supervision, higher safety self-efficacy and high quality of safety performance. Organizational characteristics in Japanese plants included higher level of employee empowerment and attitude towards continuous improvement, more emphasis on systematic safety management approach, efficient reporting system and teamwork and high quality of safety performance. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; Taiwan (China); role of management; role of supervisory staff; plant safety organization; petroleum refining
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; comparative study; workers' participation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Chemicals, plastics and rubber
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Psychosocial factors and the role of management
Safety culture and safety consciousness
Petroleum and natural gas industry