An experimental evaluation of people's reactions to differing levels of safety hazards in an office environment
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
There has been extensive research examining the link between safety voicing behaviours and safety outcomes in the workplace. However, very little research has examined the effect that the severity of a safety hazard has on individuals’ voicing behaviours. Additionally, no known research has considered that individuals may simply be removing or fixing hazards instead of informing others about them. In the current study, participants completed an office task in an environment that contained either low-risk or high-risk safety hazards. Twenty seven participants completed the task in the low-risk condition and 27 the high-risk condition. Twelve of the high-risk participants noticed at least one hazard, while 14 of their counterparts noticed at least one hazard. However, only two reported high-risk hazards and one participant neutralised a high-risk hazard. Additionally, only two participants reported low-risk hazards and two neutralised low-risk hazards. These findings raise concerns for the usefulness of self-report data. Results and implications are discussed within the context of the strengths and limitations of the research design.