Role of Health and Safety Management Practices in Safety Performance of Malaysian Bumiputera SMEs

Iskandar Hasan Tan Abdullah, Sakinah Mat Zin, Rosfatihah Che Mat, Wan Nurfahizul Ifwah Wan Alias
2022 International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences  
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are widely acknowledged as the backbone of the Malaysian economy. Therefore, it is very important that SMEs manage occupational health and safety adequately. The purpose of this paper is to investigate safety management practices and its associations with the safety performance in Malaysian Bumiputera SMEs. A safety management system reflects the organization's commitment to safety which will result in improved safety performance; thus, it is worth
more » ... ng. In particular, this study aims to determine the relationship of safety management practices (entrepreneur's commitment, safety training, worker's involvement in safety, safety communication, safety rules and procedures, and safety promotion policies) and safety performance (safety compliance and participation). In doing so, survey questions from previous studies are adopted and customized to collect data. The sample of 272 Bumiputera SME entrepreneurs is utilized, and the data are analysed using SPSS version 27. The results of the study reveal that safety management practice facets i.e., safety rules and procedures, safety communication, and entrepreneur commitment significantly influence safety performance. While safety promotion, worker involvement and safety training are not useful to the prediction of safety performance. This enables practitioners and scholars to comprehend and make appropriate decisions that can enhance safety performance among Bumiputera SME entrepreneurs in Malaysia.
doi:10.6007/ijarbss/v12-i1/11854 fatcat:bbvbcl35aza6xplmrcf5ficvsu