Developing a Safety Culture Index for Construction Projects in Developing Countries: A Proposed Fuzzy Synthetic Evaluation Approach

  • Emmanuel B. BoatengEmail author
  • Manikam Pillay
  • Peter Davis
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 969)


The establishment of a construction safety culture index is of specific significance as it offers an objective measurement of the status of safety culture on construction projects. Considering the dynamics and complexities in the construction industry, the safety culture on a project may differ from other projects. This paper formulates a safety culture index to quantify the level of safety culture on construction projects in developing countries using the fuzzy synthetic approach (fuzzy set theory). The safety culture index consists of six safety culture categories; these include management commitment, accountability, worker involvement, supervisory leadership, communication, safety education and training. Professionals in developing countries can use the safety culture index to objectively determine the status of safety culture in a more practical way. In addition, application of the safety culture index would be useful to efficiently and factually compare the relative safety culture levels of different projects for benchmarking purposes.


Safety culture Fuzzy synthetic evaluation Safety culture index Safety management Developing countries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuel B. Boateng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manikam Pillay
    • 1
  • Peter Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Health SciencesUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.School of Architecture and Built EnvironmentUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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