Modelling construction safety culture using system dynamics

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Title Modelling construction safety culture using system dynamics
Author Chinda, Thanwadee; Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady
Publication Title Proceeding of the CIB W099 International Conference on Global Unity for Safety & Health in Construction
Editor Dongping Fang, Rafiq M. Choudhry and Jimmie W. Hinze
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Beijing, China
Publisher Tsinghua University Press
Abstract The construction industry has been characterized as one with a poor safety culture and that attempts to improve the safety record will not be fully effective until the safety culture is improved. Given that you cannot improve what you cannot measure, this paper utilises the system thinking approach in a novel way to objectively measure organisational safety culture. The paper describes a system dynamics model that captures the interaction among key enablers of safety culture and their individual, as well as combined, impact on safety performance. The paper argues that only through system dynamics modelling, organisations could be capable of properly assessing the maturity level of their safety culture, which in turn would lead to optimum resource allocation in the quest to improve safety performance. The model, presented in the paper, comprises five major enablers namely Leadership, People, Policy & Strategy, Partnerships & Resources, and Processes. The reported numerical sensitivity analysis sheds some light on the causal relationships among these enablers and demonstrates their level of influence on the overall safety culture score.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 7-302-13236-4
Conference name The CIB W99 International Conference on Global Unity for Safety & Health in Construction
Location Beijing, China
Date From 2006-06-28
Date To 2006-06-30
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13344
Date Accessioned 2007-03-09
Date Available 2007-08-02T21:56:04Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Building Construction Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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