Organizational climate as a moderator of safety knowledge–safety performance relationships

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Abstract

Using training history data and supervisory ratings of 133 hazardous waste workers' safety performance collected within two organizations in the U.S. nuclear waste industry, this study examined organizational climate for the transfer of safety training as a moderator of relationships between safety knowledge and safety performance. The trend in the results was consistent with the hypothesis that these relationships would be stronger in the less restrictive (more supportive) organizational climate. The implications of these findings for promoting safe work behaviors through the creation of a positive and strategically focused organizational climate for the transfer of safety training are discussed. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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