Being called to safety: Occupational callings and safety climate in the emergency medical services

Stephanie A. Andel, Shani Pindek, Paul E. Spector

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Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of safety climate in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and to assess occupational callings as a boundary condition for the effect of safety climate on safety behaviors. Methods: EMS professionals (n=132) participated in a three-wave survey study. Hierarchical linear regressions were conducted to test the moderating effects of occupational callings. Results: Safety climate was significantly related to safety behavior, and occupational callings moderated this direct relationship (DR2=0.02 to 0.03, P<0.05). Specifically, when occupational callings were high, the relationship between safety climate and safety behaviors was stronger, and when occupational callings were low, the relationship was weaker. Conclusion: In this EMS sample, safety climate was an important predictor of safety behavior. Further, occupational callings moderated this relationship, suggesting that callings may serve as a boundary condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1249
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported in part by the Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida. The Center is supported by Training Grant No. T42-OH008438 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2016 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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