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Keeping rail on track : preliminary findings on safety culture in Australian rail : preliminary findings on safety culture in Australian rail
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Verna BlewettVerna Blewett, Sophia RainbirdSophia Rainbird, J Dorrian, Jessica PatersonJessica Paterson, M Cattani
‘Safety culture’ is identified in the literature as a critical element of healthy and safe workplaces. How can rail organizations ensure that consistently effective work health and safety cultures are maintained across the diversity of their operations? This paper reports on research that is currently underway in the Australian rail industry aimed at producing a Model of Best Practice in Safety Culture for the industry. Located in rail organizations dedicated to the mining industry as well as urban rail and national freight operations, the research examines the constructs of organizational culture that impact on the development and maintenance of healthy and safe workplaces. The research uses a multi-method approach incorporating quantitative (survey) and qualitative (focus groups, interviews and document analysis) methods along with a participative process to identify interventions to improve the organization and develop plans for their implementation. The research uses as its analytical framework the 10 Platinum Rules, from the findings of earlier research in the New South Wales (Australia) mining industry, Digging Deeper. Data collection is underway at the time of writing and preliminary findings are presented at this stage. The research method may be adapted for use as a form of organizational review of safety and health in organizational culture.
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Number of Pages7
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External Author AffiliationsAppleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences; Appleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences; Cattani Consulting Pty Ltd (Melville, W.A.); School of Psychology,;
JournalWork : a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation.