Interest in organizational safety culture as a contributing factor in workplace incidents grew exponentially after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Several agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Nuclear Agency, cited “poor safety culture” as one of the main contributing factors for the worst nuclear power generation disaster in history (Wiegmann, Zhang, von Thaden, Sharma, & Gibbons, 2004). Since this landmark event, researchers and safety professionals have tried to identify which factors lead to positive safety culture, the tangible impact of safety culture on workplace incidents, and how to drive and promote safety culture throughout organizations. In this literature review, we will summarize the current literature on safety culture and safety climate and suggest recommendations for future areas of research based on existing gaps in the literature.

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