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Document ID (ISN)107338
CIS number 07-1271
ISBN(s) 0-7176-6143-1
Year 2005
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 366
Author(s) Fairman R., Yapp C.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Making an impact on SME compliance behaviour: An evaluation of the effect of interventions upon compliance with health and safety legislation in small and medium sized enterprises
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2005. vi, 104p. Illus. 124 ref. Price: GBP 25.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The project described in this report evaluated how external interventions affect SME compliance behaviour. It examined the impact of intervention on standards of compliance, the processes by which compliance occurred and how external intervention impacted on these processes. The study was conducted in small hairdressing shops in six regions of the United Kingdom. Formal compliance with COSHH (see CIS 03-1023), electrical safety and risk assessment requirements were assessed by examining the case notes of the local authorities and by interviewing managers or owners of the hairdressing shops. All the hairdressing shops believed they complied fully even though formal compliance levels ranged from 19.5% to 61%. Furthermore, compliance was not found to be part of a rational decision-making process. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) safety consciousness; hairdressing; United Kingdom; small enterprises
Descriptors (secondary) legal aspects; report; disobeying safety instructions; hazard evaluation; labour inspection; electricity
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Safety culture and safety consciousness
Psychological factors
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Hairdressing & beauty parlours