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Document ID (ISN)110833
CIS number 10-0319
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koukoulaki T.
Title New trends in work environment - New effects on safety
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.48, No.8, p.936-942. 57 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) occupational safety; work efficiency; work organization; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) part-time employment; older workers; temporary workers; economic aspects; nanotechnology; new technologies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Safety organization and training
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Economic aspects
Nanotechnology and nanoparticles
Older workers