New roles for the OHS representatives - from employee representation to problem-solving

Peter Hasle, Rikke Seim

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    Abstract

    The changing role of occupational health and safety representatives (OHS reps) is studied in Danish enterprises and the results indicate that representation, and especially negotiation on behalf of colleagues, has diminished. The work environment is mainstreamed in many enterprises and it is rarely an area of conflict. The role of the OHS reps has accordingly changed to focus on solving specific problems at the workplace. Both management and colleagues consider the OHS reps as a resource who can be utilized to manage the work environment. The consequences of this development for the employees consist of both ad-vantages and disadvantages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings : 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM) & 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES) Conference
    EditorsOle Broberg, Nils Fallentin, Hasle Peter, Per Langaa Jensen, Anders Kabel, Mette Larsen, Weller Tina
    Place of PublicationCopenhagen
    PublisherInternational Energy Agency, IEA
    Publication date2014
    Pages685-690
    Chapter30
    ISBN (Electronic)978-87-93130-13-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management (ODAM): Ergonomic Challenges in the New Economy - DGI-Byen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 17 Aug 201420 Aug 2014
    Conference number: 11
    http://www.odam2014.org/

    Conference

    Conference11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management (ODAM)
    Number11
    LocationDGI-Byen
    CountryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period17/08/201420/08/2014
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