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Document ID (ISN)74213
CIS number 00-86
ISSN - Serial title 1048-2911 - New Solutions
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Newman D.
Title Shopfloor safety initiatives: The example of atmospheric testing in telecommunications cable vaults
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.9, No.1, p.103-112. 8 ref.
Abstract Strategies for occupational safety and health campaigns often overlook the possibilities afforded by initiatives centred in the workplace itself, as opposed to those determined at the bargaining table or by legislation, for example. Workers themselves sometimes may be more cognizant and informed of immediate health and safety issues than are their union representatives, and may formulate innovative or unorthodox approaches to hazard remediation. Such approaches may in fact succeed despite ineffectual contract language or weak regulatory protection. This article examines a successful struggle by a small group of telecommunications technicians to get the employer to revise its obsolete procedures for atmospheric testing of unventilated, underground cable vaults. It demonstrates that increased consideration should be given to shopfloor actions and creative use of the grievance procedure as useful tools in the struggle for occupational safety and health.
Descriptors (primary) labour-management relations; motivation; workers' participation; plant safety organization; explosive atmosphere detection; telecommunications
Descriptors (secondary) cable tunnels; underground work; hazard identification; safety and health committees; role of workers' organizations; role of management; permits-to-work; safe working methods
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Communications industry
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors
Workers' participation