From employee representation to problem-solving: Mainstreaming OHS management

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Abstract

The role of occupational health and safety representatives is changing. A study in 60 Danish enterprises indicates that representation, and especially negotiation on behalf of colleagues, has diminished. The work environment is mainstreamed in many enterprises and is rarely an area of conflict. The role of OHS representatives has accordingly changed to focus on solving specific problems in the workplace as an integrated part of daily operations. Both management and colleagues consider the OHS representatives as a resource that can be utilized to manage the work environment. The consequences of this development for the employees may be a stronger joint management–employee effort to improve the work environment, but also management domination and an accordingly weaker employee voice in some companies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Volume40
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)662–681
Number of pages20
ISSN0143-831X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Employee voice
  • mainstreaming
  • occupational health and safety management
  • regulation
  • safety representatives

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