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date: 12 December 2019

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The chapter offers a conceptual framework for safety climate research, using the organizational climate literature to generate a number of attributes qualifying climate perceptions as opposed to other perception-based constructs in organizational behavior research. These attributes serve as guidelines for construing both the core meaning of safety climate and its operationalization with congruent scale items. Subsequently, the chapter reviews known antecedents and consequences of safety climate, resulting in a conceptual model integrating the entire set of variables in the nomological network of this construct. Next, the chapter expands this nomological network by offering some new antecedent and consequence variables as well as a multi-level conceptualization of safety climate. The chapter concludes with a review of intervention studies aimed at safety climate improvement, suggesting ideas for future research.

Keywords: espoused vs. enacted value, generic and industry-specific climate scales, management commitment, multi-level climate, safety climate, safety climate antecedents, safety climate consequences, safety-climate dimensions, safety performance

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