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Strengthening the Safety Culture in Raw Rubber Processing Stage through Human Capacity Building: A Conceptual Framework

Show simple item record Dissanayake, DMPP Fernando, NG 2015-08-24T11:53:36Z 2015-08-24T11:53:36Z 2015-08-24
dc.description.abstract Safety and health in the raw rubber processing stage has been a neglected subject, though this sector is still a major foreign exchange contributor to the national economy in Sri Lanka. Occupational safety and health concerns in raw rubber processing organisations have always been and continue to be of the utmost importance. Thus, establishing and strengthening of the safety culture is most critical in raw rubber processing environments with a high risk of health and safety concerns. The cause analysis for failings related to safety culture in raw rubber processing sector are varied and far reaching; with each issue coming into play at one critical point in time. However, most of the weaknesses are related with ‘Human factors: How people feel (Heart and Mind)’, ‘What people do (Daily Action)’. Thus, developing of human capacities such as attitudes, behaviours, skills and knowledge etc. on this perspective will be an effective tool in addressing those failures and strengthening the safety culture in raw rubber processing sector. This paper therefore aims to develop a conceptual framework for strengthening the safety culture in raw rubber processing stage through human capacity building. A comprehensive literature review was used as the research methodology for this paper. Research findings illustrated that yet, like in any other employment sector, workers involved in raw rubber processing activity run an equal if not higher risk of being injured as a result of the type of work they do. Due to management and worker ignorance and rubber products manufacturing chemicals and bad work practices in some factories, serious hazards have been created and many accidents have occurred. Strengthening the safety culture is about more than removing hazards and establishing safety procedures. It is about working with people of the organisation to change their attitudes, behaviours and thoughts, and improve their situational awareness. The finding of this research incorporated into a conceptual framework which proposes a better working condition so that the safety culture can be strengthen. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Human Capacity Building; Human Factors; Raw Rubber Processing Stage; Safety Culture. en_US
dc.title Strengthening the Safety Culture in Raw Rubber Processing Stage through Human Capacity Building: A Conceptual Framework en_US
dc.type Conference-Full-text en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.identifier.year 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.conference The 4th World Construction Symposium 2015 en_US Colombo en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos p 437-448 en_US
dc.identifier.proceeding Sustainable Development in the Built Environment: Green Growth and Innovative Directions en_US

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