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Investigation of behavioral-based safety impacts on organizational safety culture.

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2020
Yetik, Ulaş Semih
The overall aim of this study is to examine the effects of implementing behaviour based safety management approach on the safety culture of the organization. In accordance with this aim, the main objectives of this study are to evaluate and compare the safety culture maturity level of two companies serving in the same industry (defence industry) and having the same service areas. With this comparison, it is also aimed to show the difference between companies which one using the behaviour-based safety concept since 2009 and other using traditional safety programs. The research methodology had three parts. The first one was a development of the safety culture maturity questionnaire through focus group interviews with workers, workshop with safety specialists and expert consultation sessions. To decide the dimensions and the aspects of the questionnaire, original Manchester Patient Safety Framework was used as a basis and final version of the questionnaire designed with 25-aspects under 9-dimensions. The second part of the study was application of the questionnaire and data collection. Total of 358 workers from the company, which uses the behaviour-based safety approach, and 248 workers from the company, which uses the traditional safety approach, filled out the The overall aim of this study is to examine the effects of implementing behaviour based safety management approach on the safety culture of the organization. In accordance with this aim, the main objectives of this study are to evaluate and compare the safety culture maturity level of two companies serving in the same industry (defence industry) and having the same service areas. With this comparison, it is also aimed to show the difference between companies which one using the behaviour-based safety concept since 2009 and other using traditional safety programs. The research methodology had three parts. The first one was a development of the safety culture maturity questionnaire through focus group interviews with workers, workshop with safety specialists and expert consultation sessions. To decide the dimensions and the aspects of the questionnaire, original Manchester Patient Safety Framework was used as a basis and final version of the questionnaire designed with 25-aspects under 9-dimensions. The second part of the study was application of the questionnaire and data collection. Total of 358 workers from the company, which uses the behaviour-based safety approach, and 248 workers from the company, which uses the traditional safety approach, filled out the questionnaire. The third and final part of the study was assessing the results and comparing the results of these two companies. The results showed that the safety culture maturity level of the company, which uses the behaviour-based safety approach, is higher level in each aspect compared to the company which mainly uses the traditional safety approach.