Promoting a culture of prevention: the role of company management. An empirical study on the factors influencing management commitment to safety and health at work

Project No. FF-FP 0416




The present research focuses on the role of company management in establishing a prevention culture in the company. Managers are considered as crucial when implementing safety and health at work. Consequently, leadership and management represents one of six fields of action in the current prevention campaign. Management commitment to safety and health at work shows among other things in his willingness to invest in short-term in non-productive goals in order to avoid long-term safety and health costs. As practical experience has shown, this willingness is partly still low. Statutory accident insurance therefore still needs to identify opportunities for a positive impact on management commitment and thus to promote a culture of prevention.

In research and practice, the attitudes of entrepreneurs concerning safety and health at work have been neglected so far as well as the opportunities to have a positive impact on them. Due to their importance for establishing a culture of prevention, these attitudes will be examined differentially in this study.


The project consists of four successive project phases:

  • qualitative study to explore factors influencing management commitment
  • experiment using scenarios for quantifying the influence of these factors
  • workshops for deriving suitable strategies
  • evaluation of these strategies using interviews and case studies.

Last Update:

7 Apr 2020


Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e. V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • Hochschule der Wirtschaft für Management

-cross sectoral-

Type of hazard:

work-related health hazards, work organization/safety and health management


occupational health and safety organisation, prevention, organizational safety measures

Description, key words:

culture of prevention, company management