Accidents Will Happen. Do Safety Systems Improve Warehouse Safety Performance?

Abstract

Safety is becoming more and more an issue in warehouses. In the literature, effective measures leading to increased occupational health and safety have hardly been researched. Most research focuses on the impact of perceived safety-related leadership of managers and worker safety consciousness on ‘safety climate’ and workers’ safe behavior. We have carried out exploratory research into which measures really improve the safety performance of a warehouse. We particularly focus on the effects of (1) safety-related work procedures, (2) safety leadership, and (3) workers’ safety consciousness. Based on a survey we show that safety leadership and safety-related work procedures significantly drive worker safety consciousness, which in turn positively impacts safety performance.

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@inproceedings{Koster2010AccidentsWH, title={Accidents Will Happen. Do Safety Systems Improve Warehouse Safety Performance?}, author={Ren{\'e} M. B. M. de Koster and Bert M. Balk and Inge Davelaar and Merijn Martens}, year={2010} }