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Living up to safety values in health care: the effect of leader behavioral integrity on occupational safety.

Authors
Halbesleben-JR; Leroy-H; Dierynck-B; Simons-T; Savage-GT; McCaughey-D; Leon-MR
Source
J Occup Health Psychol 2013 Oct; 18(4):395-405
NIOSHTIC No.
20043354
Abstract
While previous research has identified that leaders' safety expectations and safety actions are important in fostering occupational safety, research has yet to demonstrate the importance of leader alignment between safety expectations and actions for improving occupational safety. We build on safety climate literature and theory on behavioral integrity to better understand the relationship between the leader's behavioral integrity regarding safety and work-related injuries. In a time-lagged study of 658 nurses, we find that behavioral integrity for high safety values is positively associated with greater reporting of fewer and less severe occupational injuries. The effects of behavioral integrity regarding safety can be better understood through the mediating mechanisms of safety compliance and psychological safety toward one's supervisor. We discuss the implications of our findings for future research on safety climate.
Keywords
Health-care; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Behavior; Injuries; Nursing; Nurses; Humans; Men; Women; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Psychology; Safety-programs; Author Keywords: behavioral integrity; psychological safety; safety compliance; occupational safety; safety; climate
Contact
Jonathon R. B. Halbesleben, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama, Box 870225, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487
CODEN
JOHPFC
Publication Date
20131001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jhalbesleben@cba.ua.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-008965; M112013
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1076-8998
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
State
AL; PA
Performing Organization
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
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