Risk Perceptions That Effect Behavior and Attitudes in Safety Programs
UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA PENSACOLA
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Purpose of this field study was to determine how perceptions of risk influence behavior and attitude in safety programs. In this study eleven undergraduate students enrolled in the aviation safety program at Embry Riddle University, were asked to assess and develop a safety program based on attitudes of risk. Students are fulltime U.S. Air Force employees, and are familiar with Air Force safety programs. Qualitative methodology was used to guide research toward discovery of factors, which contribute to perceptions of safety. Lived experiences were shared with students to derive responses and formulate a framework for data collection. Students were split into four groups and met on night a week for eight weeks. A humanistic and participatory teaching method was used to explore concepts of human behavior as it affects safety programs. Students were then tasked to make observations through informal interviews, photographs of work areas, data reviews and evaluations of their work areas. Results suggest the need for safety programs that provide constructs of behaviorism and perceptions that can be used to develop more effective safety programs.
- Military Aircraft Operations