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Safety climate and compliance in the Norwegian aquaculture industry - employees’ perceptions at different company levels

Safety climate and compliance in the Norwegian aquaculture industry - employees’ perceptions at different company levels

Category
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
Abstract
The aquaculture industry is economically important in Norway, and the production is expected to increase in the future. Employees at the fish farms face a high risk of accidents compared to employees in other industries and the focus on safety from both industry and researchers has increased during the last decade. Adding to the knowledge on safety in aquaculture, the objective of this paper is to study employees’ perception of safety climate, and whether aspects related to safety climate may predict employees’ compliance. Findings from two surveys aimed at managers and employees in different companies are analysed. The first is a telephone survey targeting employees and managers at the fish farms. The second is a web-based survey involving the onshore management level. The results show that employees at all levels have a positive perception of the safety climate, but they also illustrate challenges related to work pressure, maintenance and employee participation. Furthermore, the analysis shows that work pressure affects compliance negatively while participation and competence have positive associations with compliance. These results give input to some practical measures for safety management in the industry.
Client
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 254899
Language
English
Affiliation
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Ocean / Sjømatteknologi
  • NTNU Social Research
Year
Publisher
CRC Press
Book
Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World. Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 17-21, 2018, Trondheim, Norway
ISBN
9781351174657
Page(s)
157 - 164