After-action reviews: A venue for the promotion of safety climate

Joseph A. Allen, Benjamin E. Baran, Cliff W. Scott

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Abstract

This study investigated the role of after-action reviews on perceptions of safety climate at the group and organizational levels. Moderated and mediated regression analyses of data from 67 firefighting crews suggest that after-action review frequency positively influenced both levels of safety climate. Safety-oriented group norms fully mediated the relationship between after-action review frequency and group-level safety climate. Fire-station busyness moderated the relationship between after-action review frequency and organizational-level safety climate, such that the relationship was non-existent for highly busy stations. These findings suggest that after-action reviews constitute a specific venue through which managers can promote safety climate in high-risk environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-757
Number of pages8
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • After-action reviews
  • Safety climate
  • Safety management
  • Work meetings
  • Workplace injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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