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Studies from University of Wisconsin Have Provided New Information about Risk Management

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Researchers detail new data in Risk Management. According to news reporting originating in Madison, Wisconsin, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "To date little research has examined safety climate in relation to macroergonomics and how the two distinct sub-disciplines can be integrated to affect safety outcomes. The purpose of macroergonomics is to design a fully 'harmonized' work system that improves numerous aspects of organizational performance and effectiveness, and this is accomplished by incorporating the foundational theoretical framework of sociotechnical systems theory (STS)."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Wisconsin, "Two broad subsystems within such a system are the personnel subsystem, the ways individuals perform tasks, and the technological subsystem, the tasks to be performed. Management is an important aspect of the personnel subsystem, and there is a growing body of research regarding supervisors' influence over employee safety. One such area of research is safety climate, which is based on the perception of workers regarding safety and organizational practices. Two major factors of safety climate are management commitment to safety and communication pertaining to safety as a true priority from both top management and direct supervisors. This article describes the conceptual overlaps of macroergonomics and safety climate in order to present a conceptual model that integrates these domains using the framework of mesoergonomics."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We discuss how this model can serve as a framework to guide the analysis and design of work systems and subsequent organizational interventions."

For more information on this research see: The next generation of macroergonomics: Integrating safety climate. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;68():16-24. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting L.A. Murphy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States. Additional authors for this research include M.M. Robertson and P. Carayon.

Keywords for this news article include: Madison, Wisconsin, United States, Risk Management, North and Central America

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