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Logisticians' behaviour towards safety outcomes in logistics

Hui Nee Au Yong, Suhaiza Hanim Mohamad Zailani and Lilis Surienty

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2022, vol. 41, issue 4, 456-484

Abstract: This study was aimed to assess the relationship between safety-related outcomes and safety behaviour among a sample of 103 logisticians in Malaysia. After collection of data from the survey, the data was analysed with SmartPLS software. The effect of government support was found larger in safety internalisation than that of personal commitment to safety. Moral obligation was found to be the top significant independent variable in driving the safety behaviour. There was a relationship between attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control, and safety behaviour; it provides insights on how logistics firms could improve upon their employees' safety behaviour. Results showed that a variable, number of logisticians, negatively moderated the relationship between safety behaviour and safety performance. These findings contribute to the leadership literature by linking the two bodies of knowledge, by testing the moderating role of enterprise characteristics in the behaviour-safety outcomes relationship. In this paper, a mainstream psychological theory was drawn to explain the systems underlying the links between safety behaviour and outcomes. Consequently, there should be partnership between enterprise and the authority in order to help reduce workplace injuries and contribute to a sustainable improvement in competitiveness.

Keywords: occupational safety and health; OSH; safety management; safety performance; sustainability; third party logistics; 3PL. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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