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Knowledge Transfer as a Critical Component for Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture

Duryan, M; Smyth, H; Roberts, A; Xu, J; Toli, A; Rowlinson, S; Sherratt, F; (2019) Knowledge Transfer as a Critical Component for Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture. In: Smallwoo, John and Deacon, Claire, (eds.) Proceedings of the 1st Association of Researchers in Construction Safety, Health, and Well-being Conference - 2019. ACHASM: South Africa. Green open access

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Abstract

Within the last decades the incidence of workspace injuries and fatalities in the UK construction industry has declined significantly. However, the labour market is changing and to retain experts and attract new talent, the organisations need to cultivate healthier, safer and happier working environments. This can be achieved by cultivating positive occupational health and safety (OHS) culture on construction sites, which is a challenge, considering multiple health and safety behaviours and organisational cultures across the different firms involved in construction projects. Formal and informal knowledge transfer (KT) processes can: prevent the loss of critical knowledge due to the changing nature of construction work; reduce OHS risks; contribute to behavioural change and cultivation of OHS cultures across organisations. The focus of this research is the factors that facilitate OHS knowledge transfer in and between organisations involved in construction projects. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge by demonstrating inconsistency in OHS culture and lack of alignment between OHS and KT systems in construction firms, which hinders learning from good practices, incidents, near misses and failures between projects, from projects to programmes and across supply chain.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Knowledge Transfer as a Critical Component for Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture
Event: 1st Association of Researchers in Construction Safety, Health, and Well-being Conference - 2019
Location: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Dates: 03 June 2019 - 04 June 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cut.ac.za/events/details/27
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Knowledge Management (KM), Knowledge Transfer (KT), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Positive Safety Culture, Construction Industry.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072689
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