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Evaluation of workplace safety performance in the Chinese petroleum industry


  • Ma Mingxue

    (University of New South Wales,Sydney, NSW, Australia)

  • Tam Vivian Wy

    (School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia; College of Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University,Shenzhen, China)

  • Huang Zhiyu

    (Academic Affair Office, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, The University Town, Shapingba District,Chongqing, China)

  • Sing Michael Cp

    (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon,Hong Kong, China)

  • Shen Liyin

    (School of Construction Management and Real Estate, International Research Centre for Sustainable Built Environment, Chongqing University,Chongqing, China)


Reform of the Chinese petroleum industry has entered its second phase since early 1999. The productiv­ity of the petroleum industry has been greatly improved, while the safety performance and records are not satisfac­tory. This paper investigates the critical factors for improv­ing safety performance in the Chinese petroleum industry. The data used for the analysis are from a questionnaire survey administered to 480 professionals in the petroleum industry in which 143 valid responses were received. Sta­tistical analysis techniques are used to analyze the data collected. The findings revealed that the most significant source of the safety problem is due to the combination of several reasons, including (a) violation on operating pro­cedures, (b) obsolete facilities and equipment failures, (c) insufficient safety management system, (d) improper commands, number of casualties, and (e) production per­formances and operating skills. The three most essential protective methods include safety training and increasing staff’s safety consciousness, cultivating safety culture, and enhancing equipment management and detecting hazards in time.

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  • Ma Mingxue & Tam Vivian Wy & Huang Zhiyu & Sing Michael Cp & Shen Liyin, 2019. "Evaluation of workplace safety performance in the Chinese petroleum industry," Organization, Technology and Management in Construction, Sciendo, vol. 11(1), pages 1904-1910, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:vrs:otamic:v:11:y:2019:i:1:p:1904-1910:n:2

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