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The law and management of worker involvement in safety and health

Cooling, RF 2011, The law and management of worker involvement in safety and health , PhD thesis, Salford : University of Salford.

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Abstract

The research aims to demonstrate the benefits of worker involvement in safety and health. It establishes the need for a structured and coherent approach to managing worker involvement and suggests how this can be achieved in practice through the development, implementation and maintenance of a procedural model. An hypothesis is presented that worker involvement in safety and health can lead to improved health and safety performance. Further, to optimize these benefits and gain significant improvements in performance, changes are necessary in both law and policy to promote a systematic approach to the management of worker involvement in safety and health. The central research questions addressed are; Does worker involvement lead to improvements in health and safety performance? Is the level of worker involvement a critical factor? Can a procedural model help to promote further improvements in performance? In order to address these questions, the research identifies different levels of worker involvement in safety and health and places worker involvement in a contextual background. Published literature and data indicating the benefits of worker involvement is evaluated and a procedural model is advanced. Following an introduction to the thesis, a spectrum of worker involvement in safety and health is presented in Chapter 2, followed by a literature review of associated benefits and limitations, in Chapter 3. The context of worker involvement in safety and health is established in Chapters 4, 5 and 6. This includes a review of existing legislation and guidance, consideration of the influence of changing patterns at work and lessons from other jurisdictions. Chapter 7 addresses the importance of organisational culture in developing worker involvement in safety and health and Chapter 8 considers practical implementation issues. A procedural model for managing worker involvement in safety and health is presented in Chapter 9. Chapter 10 details recommendations for developing legislation and guidance, with conclusions presented in the final Chapter.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Adshead, JD (Supervisor)
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Strategy, People Management & Salford Law
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 13:34
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 18:01
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26625

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