Psychological and Sociological Factors Impacting on Migrant Worker Contribution to, and Adaptation of, Workplace Safety Culture

Skiba R. (2020). Psychological and Sociological Factors Impacting on Migrant Worker Contribution to, and Adaptation of, Workplace Safety Culture. Open Science Journal, 5(2).

10 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

This paper highlights potential health and safety issues which may emerge in workplaces engaging migrant workers, particularly as effected by social distancing during training prior to employment, such as experienced by international students. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the ways in which a migrant worker applies health and safety in their workplaces, including language and culture, that are commonly addressed through training, socialization and workplace engagement. With these opportunities limited due to social distancing, migrant workers have less opportunity to contribute to and embrace organisations’ safety culture. This onus then falls onto employers to ensure that safe practices are learned, imbued and correctly and consistently applied with an objective of fostering a strong safety culture where employees go above and beyond what is expected in terms of safety performance that is mutually understood and shared.

Keywords: Health and Safety, Safety Culture, Migrant Workers, Diversity, Training, Sociology

JEL Classification: I1, I10, I19, I12

Suggested Citation

Skiba, Richard, Psychological and Sociological Factors Impacting on Migrant Worker Contribution to, and Adaptation of, Workplace Safety Culture (2020). Skiba R. (2020). Psychological and Sociological Factors Impacting on Migrant Worker Contribution to, and Adaptation of, Workplace Safety Culture. Open Science Journal, 5(2)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3619050

Richard Skiba (Contact Author)

LRES Training Management ( email )

Australia

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