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Work environment investments: Critical elements for success in optimizing occupational health and safety effects
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9476-1561
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5953-2165
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5907-626X
2019 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 64, no 1, p. 107-116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of money is invested annually in workplaces to promote creative, comfortable and safe work environments. The processes and effects of these investments are however not sufficiently studied.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to examine work environment investment processes and identify organizational critical elements for optimizing investment in terms of occupational health and safety effects for employees.

METHODS: Twelve case studies were conducted in different sectors. The data was collected through interviews, by studying available documents, and, in several cases, observations and measurement of hazards by means of the PIMEX-method. 

RESULTS: The empirical results yielded seven different critical elements for work environment investment processes. The critical elements identified were: identifying the need, risk assessment, involvement of staff, consultation with OHS expertise, procurement and delivery, implementation and training of workers, and evaluation.

CONCLUSIONS: The critical elements have wide similarities with steps outlined in Swedish Work Environment Management processes, and ideas described in the Plan-Do-Act-Check model. If organizations follow this process, they are provided with improved possibilities for maximizing invested money for a safer working environment.

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IOS Press, 2019. Vol. 64, no 1, p. 107-116
Keywords [en]
Safe workplaces, systematic work environment management, improvement measures, change process
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Work Sciences
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Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30715DOI: 10.3233/WOR-192974ISI: 000487235000011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85072574327OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30715DiVA, id: diva2:1353256
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