The impact of safety audit timing and framing of the production outcomes on safety-related rule violations in a simulated production environment

Meldung vom Mittwoch, 29. April 2015

Ananda von der Heyde, Sebastian Brandhorst, Annette Kluge
Received 6 February 2015, Accepted 24 March 2015, Available online 30 April 2015.

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In an experimental study, participants (n = 79) assumed the role of control room operator of a simulated plant. For a total of 36 times, they had to decide whether to violate a safety-related rule to maximise their own salary, or to comply with it at the cost of a lower income. The experimental variation was the timing of audits in the simulated production year (“early” = audits accomplished within weeks 13–30 versus “late” = audits accomplished within weeks 31–48) and framing of production outcomes and salary (gain versus loss).