Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Health and Safety Engineering, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Student Research Committee, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences

4 EDO Department, Health School, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran

5 Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran

Abstract

Background: Safety is a part of organizational climate and reflects the workers’ current perception toward safety issues in an organization. The aim of this study was to survey the level of safety climate and its associated factors in various enterprises.
Methods: Data were collected using Persian version of Nordic safety climate questionnaires (NOSACQ) which was distributed among 661 employees of different industries in Qazvin Province. This questionnaire consists of six dimensions. The data were analyzed using IBM-SPSS Statistics 2010 and Microsoft office excel. We used the Mann-Whitney Test, Kruskal-Wallis Test, Spearman's Rho-Kendall's Tau-B, Tukey (POST-HOC) and - Way ANOVA tests to find the association between the variables and safety climate scores.
Results: The mean age of the subjects was 29.97(± 5.53) years; 66% of them were married, 91% were males, 31% had a college degree, 47% were rotating- shift workers, and 80% were employed through contracts. Their average work experience was 17.27(±15.4) years. The values of Cronbach’s Alpha were acceptable in the study groups; the highest and lowest levels of safety climate were observed in ceramic and mine industries, respectively.
Conclusion: There were some relationships between the safety climate and variables of level of education, work shift, presence of occupational and health department (OH&S) as well as safety management system, age and work shift. 

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