A group of researchers from The University of Western Australia, led by Winthrop Professor Mark Griffin from the Centre for Safety, will present a symposium entitled “An Integrated Approach to Safety: Group and Individual Level Predictors” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii in May 2014.

The research presented will include work by the Accelerated Learning Laboratory’s Zenobia Talati (“Predicting safety performance using group and individual level predictors”), Kim Louw (“Big Risk, Big Payoff: The antecedents of status-driven risk taking”), Xiaowen Hu (“Procedures for improving risk awareness: Can they be effective?”), and Karina Jorritsma (“The Role of Situational Judgement in Safety”), and will bring together research from a range of safety critical industries, including health care, mining and resources. 

The UWA team will examine how individual and group level factors, including personality traits, conscientiousness,  group safety climate, and goal orientations influence employees’ safety performance and risk taking behaviours.