Intermediaries supporting occupational health and safety improvements in small businesses: Development of typology and discussion of consequences for preventive strategies

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Intermediaries have been suggested as a potential source for improving Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in small businesses (SBs), because SB due to their sheer number and limited managerial and financial resources typically have weak OHS management and higher occupational risks. SB furthermore typically has a reactive approach to OHS and do not seek out OHS assistance on their own. We propose, based on a large comparative study of SB and intermediaries, a general typology for intermediaries in relation to SB, and further, discuss the implications for preventive strategies in SB. We argue that there is a strong potential for improving OHS by including various intermediaries, however, the inclusion is not enough in itself. The interests of the intermediaries and the OHS improvement must be aligned, and the efforts across various intermediaries should be orchestrated among the key actors to maximize the outcome.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAnnals of Work Exposures and Health
Vol/bind62
Udgave nummerIssue Supplement_1
Sider (fra-til)S65-S71
ISSN2398-7308
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 13 sep. 2018

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