Use of Exploratory Factor Analysis to Identify Factors Influencing Safety Climate in Two Work Environments

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2019-04-01
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Judge, Jon
Simpson, Stephen
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Mosher, Gretchen
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Safety climate as used in this research was first formally defined by Zohar (1980) through a research study which encompassed 20 Israeli factories across a variety of industries as “a summary of molar perceptions that employees share about their work environment” (pg 96). The term safety climate has been conceptualized as employees’ shared perceptions of how safety practices, policies, and procedures are implemented and prioritized, compared to other priorities such as productivity (Smith et al., 2005). Safety climate can further be conceptualized as a view of the state of safety in the organization at a discrete point in time, which may change over time (Cheyne et al., 1998; Cooper and Phillips, 2004; Neal, Griffin, and Hart, 2000; Guldenmund, 2000; Zohar, 1980, 2000, 2002a, 2002b).

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The paper, "Use of exploratory factor analysis to identify factors influencing safety climate in two work environments." (Jon L.P. Judge, Gretchen A. Mosher, and Stephen Simpson) JTMAE 35/2, April-June 2019, is a copyrighted publication of ATMAE. This paper has been republished with the authorization of ATMAE, and may be accessed directly from the JTMAE website at https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.atmae.org/resource/resmgr/jtmae/Use_of_Exploratory_Factor_An.pdf

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