Assessing the safety culture of underground coal mining: a multi-methodological approach.
2013 SME Annual Meeting, February 24 - 27, Denver, Colorado, Preprint 13-056. Englewood, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 2013 Feb; :106
The NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR) recently conducted safety culture assessments at five underground coal mines. Safety culture is defined as the characteristics of the work environment (such as the values, rules and common understandings) that influence employees perceptions and attitudes about the importance that the organization places on safety. This project utilized a mixed method approach consisting of 1) functional analysis of existing organizational documents, 2) semi-structured, in-depth interviews, 3) behavioral anchored rating scales (BARS), 4) a safety culture survey, and 5) behavioral observations. Details regarding these methodologies will be presented along with recommendations and guidance for others who may be interested in conducting mine safety culture assessments.
Mining-industry; Coal-mining; Coal-miners; Safety-climate; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-equipment; Mining-equipment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Worker-health; Underground-mining; Analytical-processes; Behavior; Attitude; Work-environment; Management-personnel; Supervisory-personnel; Group-behavior
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
2013 SME Annual Meeting, February 24 - 27, Denver, Colorado, Preprint 13-056