Testing safety commitment in organizations through interpretations of safety artifacts

Gil Luria, Anat Rafaeli

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Problem: Safety culture relates to injuries and safety incidents in organizations, but is difficult to asses and measure. We describe a preliminary test of assessing an organization's safety culture by examining employee interpretations of organizational safety artifacts (safety signs). Method: We collected data in three organizations using a new safety culture assessment tool that we label the Safety Artifact Interpretation (SAI) scale; we then crossed these data with safety climate and leadership evaluations. Results: SAI were interpreted by employees in accordance with two conceptually distinct themes that are salient in the literature on organizational safety culture: safety compliance and commitment to safety. A significant correlation exists between SAI scores and the organizational safety climate. A similar (though insignificant) relationship was observed between SAI scores and leadership ratings. Impact on industry: Employee perceptions and interpretations of safety artifacts can facilitate assessments of safety culture and can ultimately lead to understanding of and improvements in the level of organizational safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-528
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008


  • Artifacts
  • Culture
  • Leadership
  • Safety climate
  • Safety signs
  • Symbols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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