High safety risk assessment in the time of uncertainties (COVID-19): an industrial context

Zhang, Yuantian and Abdullah, M. Ridhuan Tony Lim and Khan, Nor Hafizah bt Abd Latiff and Javaid, Muhammad Umair and Mohd Nor, Mohammad Nazri and Shah, Muhammad Umair (2022) High safety risk assessment in the time of uncertainties (COVID-19): an industrial context. Frontiers in Psychology, 13. ISSN 1664-1078, DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.834361.

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Background: The complexities of the workplace environment in the downstream oil and gas industry contain several safety-risk factors. In particular, instituting stringent safety standards and management procedures are considered insufficient to address workplace safety risks. Most accident cases attribute to unsafe actions and human behaviors on the job, which raises serious concerns for safety professionals from physical to psychological particularly when the world is facing a life-threatening Pandemic situation, i.e., COVID-19. It is imperative to re-examine the safety management of facilities and employees’ well-being in the downstream oil and gas production sector to establish a sustainable governance system. Understanding the inherent factors better that contribute to safety behavior management could significantly improve workplace safety features. Objective: This study investigates employees’ safety behavior management model for the downstream oil and gas industry to consolidate the safety, health and wellbeing of employees in times of COVID-19. Methods: Nominal Group Technique (NGT) was first employed to screen primary behavioral factors from 10 workplace health and safety experts from Malaysia’s downstream oil and gas industry. Consequently, 18 significant factors were identified for further inquiry. Next, the interpretive structural modeling technique was used to ascertain the complex interrelationships between these factors and proposed a Safety Behavioral Management Model for cleaner production. Results: This model shows that management commitment, employee knowledge and training, leadership, and regulations contribute significantly to several latent factors. Our findings support the Social Cognitive Theory, where employees, their environment, and their behaviors are related reciprocally. Conclusion: It is postulated that identifying safety factors and utilizing the proposed model guides various stakeholder groups in this industry, including practitioners and policymakers, for achieving long-term sustainability. Copyright © 2022 Zhang, Abdullah, Khan, Javaid, Nazri and Shah.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Downstream; Interpretive structural modeling; Malaysia; Oil and gas industry; Safety behavior management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Business
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics > Department of Management
Faculty of Business and Economics > Dept of Marketing
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2023 02:31
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 02:31
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/43376

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