Improving safety in small enterprises through an integrated safety management intervention

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  • Pete Kines, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Danmark
  • Dorte Andersen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Ukendt
  • Lars Peter Sønderbo Andersen
  • Kent Jacob Nielsen
  • Louise Pedersen, Danish Ramazzini Centre, Department of Occupational Medicine, Herning University Hospital, Region Midt, Denmark., Ukendt

This study tests the applicability of a participatory behavior-based injury prevention approach integrated with safety culture initiatives. Sixteen small metal industry enterprises (10-19 employees) are randomly assigned to receive the intervention or not. Safety coaching of owners/managers result in the identification of 48 safety tasks, 85% of which are solved at follow-up. Owner/manager led constructive dialogue meetings with workers result in the prioritization of 29 tasks, 79% of which are accomplished at follow-up. Intervention enterprises have significant increases on six of eight safety-perception-survey factors, while comparisons increase on only one factor. Both intervention and comparison enterprises demonstrate significant increases in their safety observation scores. Interview data validate and supplement these results, providing some evidence for behavior change and the initiation of safety culture change. Given that over 95% of enterprises in most countries have less than 20 employees, there is great potential for adapting this integrated approach to other industries.

TidsskriftJournal of Safety Research
Sider (fra-til)87-95
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2013

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