Saf Health Work.  2015 Jun;6(2):97-103. 10.1016/j.shaw.2015.01.003.

Development and Validation of a Safety Climate Scale for Manufacturing Industry

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychology, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Abolfazl.Ghahramani@helsinki.fi
  • 2Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Public Heath, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran.
  • 3Inpatient's Safety Research Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran.
  • 4Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
This paper describes the development of a scale for measuring safety climate.
METHODS
This study was conducted in six manufacturing companies in Iran. The scale developed through conducting a literature review about the safety climate and constructing a question pool. The number of items was reduced to 71 after performing a screening process.
RESULTS
The result of content validity analysis showed that 59 items had excellent item content validity index (> or = 0.78) and content validity ratio (> 0.38). The exploratory factor analysis resulted in eight safety climate dimensions. The reliability value for the final 45-item scale was 0.96. The result of confirmatory factor analysis showed that the safety climate model is satisfactory.
CONCLUSION
This study produced a valid and reliable scale for measuring safety climate in manufacturing companies.

Keyword

manufacturing; safety climate; safety culture; scale development
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