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Document ID (ISN)100934
CIS number 02-1965
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jensen P.L., Alstrup L., Thoft E.
Title Workplace assessment: A tool for occupational health and safety management in small firms?
Bibliographic information Oct. 2001, Vol.32, No.5, p.433-440. 23 ref.
Abstract This paper discusses the capability of small firms in Denmark to comply with legislative demands for risk assessment. A national survey highlighted that only a minor fraction of small firms actually comply with this requirement. However, it is shown through two case studies that small firms would be perfectly able to meet the demands. An analysis of these cases leads to hypotheses on the preconditions favouring compliance, namely that many firms would need the help of an external person to mediate legislative demands and to act as an intermediary with company owners, their assistants or safety representatives. The necessary qualifications for this mediation role are discussed. It is concluded that to stimulate workplace assessment activities in small firms, support from occupational health or labour inspection services are required.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; small enterprises; plant safety and health organization; hazard evaluation; Denmark
Descriptors (secondary) legal aspects; case study; safety officers; enforcement; safety and health institutions; labour inspection
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Small and medium-sized enterprises