Assessing the safety climate in Ghana’s upstream oil and gas sector

Horbah, F, Pathirage, C and Kulatunga, U 2017, Assessing the safety climate in Ghana’s upstream oil and gas sector , in: 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC), 14-15 September 2017, University of Salford, UK.

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Abstract

Oil and Gas industry reported that the industry has highly hazardous environments, with multiple technological, human and environmental challenges which have potentially severe consequences to workers’ lives, assets loss, environmental pollutions and disruption of security of energy supply. The use of safety climate measures to assess safety performance in an organisation is considered as a proactive or predictive approach to safety management. There are insufficient empirical studies on the establishment of current safety performance in Ghana’s upstream oil and gas operations. This paper seeks to assess the current safety climate predictive influences on major accident risks in Ghana’s upstream oil and gas sector. Safety climate survey questionnaires made up of 60 items in 14 constructs were used to assess the current employees’ safety perceptions. 212 responses from upstream oil and gas workers were received and analyzed. The results show that safety priority and supportive environment were found to have high predictive influence on major accident risks. In addition, safety supervision, management of change, equipment maintenance and management commitment indicate predictive influence on major accident risks. The findings of this study provide valuable guidance for researchers and industrial practioners to identify mechanisms by which they can improve existing safety at the work environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference (IPGRC) : conference proceedings
Publisher: University of Salford
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Depositing User: Simi Goyol
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 14:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43976

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