|Document ID (ISN)||110833|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0925-7535 - Safety Science
|Convention or series no.
||New trends in work environment - New effects on safety
||Oct. 2010, Vol.48, No.8, p.936-942. 57 ref.
||Europe has been subject to tremendous changes in terms of flexibility of work and labour in response to macro trends such as globalization and the resulting fierce market competition. Such changes in the world of work can give rise to new safety risks. Although the effects of the changing work environment are fairly documented in terms of their psychosocial and ergonomic risks, the subsequent effects on occupational safety are less investigated. This article sets a general framework on the changing work environment, presenting prominent descriptions by various institutes. It reviews existing evidence on the effects of the changing work environment on safety and occupational accidents. It further suggests an underlying mechanism explaining these effects, based on organizational factors. Finally it discusses safety prevention challenges to policy makers. In conclusion, a sustainable work system is suggested as an alternative to intensive systems.
||occupational safety; work efficiency; work organization; conditions of work
||part-time employment; older workers; temporary workers; economic aspects; nanotechnology; new technologies
||D - Periodical articles
||Safety organization and training
|Broad subject area(s)
||General safety, health and conditions of work
Nanotechnology and nanoparticles