Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Kermanshah Health Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Science, Kermanshah, Iran

2 Department of Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Ergonomics, School of Public Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

Abstract

Background: Occupational health and safety is important for workers and their employers. Unfavorable safety climate can affect the workers' health and performance negatively. Job stress is a harmful pheromone in the industries that have been a concerning issue in recent years. This study aimed to determine the safety climate and its effect on the workers' perceived stress in a tile industry in the west of Iran.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 135 employees working in a tile industry in the west of Iran in 2018. The data were collected using demographic characteristics, safety climate, and Cohen's perceived stress questionnaires. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, Spearman’s correlation coefficient, and leaner regression test using SPSS version 22 software.
Results: The mean (SD) of safety climate was 3.06±0.55 (out of 5) and that  of perceived stress was 26 ±8.22 (out of 56). A significant inverse relationship was found between safety climate and perceived stress (r=-0.240, p-value= 0.005). Safety climate was not significantly correlated with demographic features and background factors (p-value > 0.05).
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that the level of safety climate was moderate to high; besides, the unfavorable safety climate can be a risk factor for perceived stress.  Given the inverse relationship between safety climate and perceived stress, improving the staff's safety level by engineering and managerial interventions can be useful in improving the workers' health.

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