Managing Occupational Health and Safety

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Title: Managing Occupational Health and Safety
A Route to a New Negotiating Order in High Performance Work Organizations?
Author: Hull Kristensen, Peer
Abstract: Contrary to a widely held view, rather than seeing the certification of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) as a barrier to increasing employee participation, this article views new ways of structuring participation as a necessary step towards making improvements in OHS management systems. The article first considers how work organization has changed and then in a similar way traces how bargaining has shifted from being distributive to become integrative to create a fundamental change in the negotiation regime. Finally, by analysing an OHS-certified firm in greater depth, the article shows how solutions for improvements in OHS management and notable bottom-up formulations of OHS benchmarks may help us discover how the organizational form of firms in which high-performance work organization can be developed through new participative structures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8204
Date: 2010-11-18

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