A new report discusses the outcomes of a recent workshop that focused on how safety culture and safety climate impact worker safety and health in the construction industry. The June 2013 workshop—convened by NIOSH and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)—included sessions on defining safety culture and climate in construction; ways to measure safety climate; and interventions for improving safety climate.
The report defines “safety culture” as safety-related beliefs, attitudes, and values, and “safety climate” as perceptions of safety policies and procedures at a given point in time.
The workshop helped identify actions that construction industry stakeholders can take to improve safety culture and safety climate, such as improving site safety leadership, aligning and integrating safety as a value, optimizing management commitment, empowering and involving workers, and ensuring accountability.
The full report, “Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice,” is available on CPWR’s website and includes detailed descriptions of each session, as well as session handouts, a list of selected safety culture and climate assessment tools, and the results of participants’ evaluation of the workshop.