Daniel Bonilla Dissertation Defense

Event Date: 
March 22, 2013 (All day)
Location: 
Colvard 3131

10:00 AM

Title: SAFETY CLIMATE AND AFTER-ACTION REVIEWS IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Abstract: Research on safety climate has focused on supervisor attitudes and their effect on the attitudes of their direct reports. This study examined the effect of supervisor behaviors on direct report attitudes that in turn affect group level safety climate among firefighters. This study aggregated perceptions of supervisor trust, leader-member exchange, behavioral integrity, supervisor after action review behavior, and safety climate to the group level to examine the effects of supervisor behaviors on direct report attitudes and group safety climate. This study found that supervisor trust, behavioral integrity, and supervisor after action review behaviors have a strong positive effect on safety climate. Further, perceptions of trust partially mediate the relationship between supervisor after action review behaviors and group level safety climate. Future research ideas, theoretical advancements, and practical applications are discussed.