Positive Behavior and Perceptions of Safety Culture in Academic Research Laboratories
Keywords:Laboratory Safety, Injury Preventions, Organizational Culture
In academic labs, organizational culture is an important consideration for safety compliance. This study
examined perceptions of risk and safety behavior to target training improvement. College of Science lab person-
nel (n = 1,066) were invited participate in a web-based survey with the number of respondents (n=97) and the
response rate (9.1%). Analysis included descriptive statistics and thematic evaluation. The majority of respondents
rated safety as important and agreed training was sufficient, but believed there was room to improve safety culture.
Encouraging use of lab-based safety and risk discussions related to new research procedures was identified as area
for improvement. Perceptions of safety among leadership is important to overall lab culture.
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