Exploration of psychosocial risk and the handling of unsafe acts and misconducts in the workplace

Jan Visagie, Jacquelene Swanepoel, Wilfred I. Ukpere

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The aim of this article was to investigate the psychosocial risk environment influencing employee behaviour, and subsequently the trust relationship between employer and employee. The unique nature and commonness of negative acts, such as unsafe behaviour, human errors, poor performance and negligence (also referred to as unsafe practices) are explored in this article. Pertinent literatures were reviewed on the nature of negative acts or unsafe behaviour. The findings of this study were used to draw comparisons between unsafe behaviour/misconduct and accidents in the workplace and finally recommendations were made on how the problem can be addressed from a labour relations perspective. The results indicate that a relationship between unsafe practice/misconduct and occupational injuries and accidents exist, owing to system flaws, human error or psychosocial risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-1012
Number of pages16
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014


  • Ergonomics
  • Labour relations
  • Leadership
  • Management commitment
  • Misconduct
  • Occupational risks
  • Unsafe practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)


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