Guidance notes and safety standards to improve organisational safety increasingly encourage safety leadership. However, two things still remain unclear: who are safety leaders and what do they do to ensure safety? This study aims to address these questions, looking at low-hazard environments (LHEs) characteristic of service sector organisations.
The study had the following research objectives:
- to identify types of safety leadership and to characterise the contexts in which each is displayed
- to determine the kinds of practices enacted and shaped by safety leaders at different levels in organisations typical of LHEs
- to discover how the safety leadership practices of individual leaders vary over time in LHEs
- to reveal the social interaction between workers within organisations operating in LHEs
The OSH landscape project was devised as part of the IOSH research programme, “Health and Safety in a Changing World”.