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Document ID (ISN)102383
CIS number 03-1235
ISSN - Serial title 0301-4746 - Industrial Safety Chronicle
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kimura Y.
Title Occupational health, safety and environmental challenges for small end medium enterprises (SMEs) - A perspective from Japan's experience
Bibliographic information Oct.-Dec. 2002, Vol.XXXIII, No.3, p.43-45.
Abstract Although considerable improvements in safety have been achieved over the years in the Japanese construction sector, the rates of accidents are still high among SMEs. Factors contributing to these accidents include low occupational safety and health (OSH) consciousness among employers, poor access to administrative guidance and the lack of appropriate information. This article describes various efforts that have been undertaken in view of improving the safety performance of SMEs in the construction sector. These efforts include programmes to help improve employers' OSH consciousness, OSH support programmes for groups of SMEs, the provision of OSH information through the use of information technology; encouraging the implementation of OSH management systems and ensuring the collaboration of the business side of the enterprise.
Descriptors (primary) small enterprises; safety programmes; construction industry; Japan
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; responsibilities of employers; role of government; safety films; information dissemination
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Safety programmes
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Construction industry and civil engineering