Contributions of participatory ergonomics to the improvement of safety culture in an industrial context

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


This paper presents the results of an ergonomic intervention conducted within a blast furnace plant. As part of its risk prevention program, the company decided to set up an action plan, in a participatory manner, by setting up working groups to solve health & safety issues. This field mission involved 230 employees, 80 of whom participated actively by being incorporated into working groups. After four months of intervention, a questionnaire survey has been conducted among employees to study the effects of participation on the safety climate. The results seem promising and show that the benefits of participation are numerous: a more positive safety climate associated to safer attitudes and behaviors. However, rather than just participation, it seems to be the employee involvement in the working groups and the satisfaction they derive from their participation that guarantee these positive results. Hence, participatory ergonomics seems to be an effective way to decrease the number of unsafe behaviors at work, provided that the type of participation has been previously well defined and organized according to the specific context of each organization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3284-3290
Number of pages7
Issue numbersuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • health & safety
  • industrial context
  • participatory ergonomics
  • safety climate
  • safety culture


Dive into the research topics of 'Contributions of participatory ergonomics to the improvement of safety culture in an industrial context'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this