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Systematic Work Environment Management: Experiences from Implementation in Swedish Small-scale Enterprises
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (Eva Vingård)
2010 (English)In: Industrial Health, ISSN 0019-8366, Vol. 48, no 2, 185-196 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Small-scale enterprises face difficulties in fulfilling the regulations for organising Systematic Work Environment Management. This study compared three groups of small-scale manufacturing enterprises with and without support for implementing the provision. Two implementation methods, supervised and network method, were used. The third group worked according to their own ideas. Twenty-three enterprises participated. The effects of the implementation were evaluated after one year by semi-structured dialogue with the manager and safety representative. Each enterprise was classified on compliance with ten demands concerning the provision. The work environment was estimated by the WEST-method. Impact of the implementation on daily work was also studied. At the follow-up, the enterprises in the supervised method reported slightly more improvements in the fulfilment of the demands in the provision than the enterprises in the network method and the enterprises working on their own did. The effect of the project reached the employees faster in the enterprises with the supervised method. In general, the work environment improved to some extent in all enterprises. Extensive support to small-scale enterprises in terms of advise and networking aimed to fulfil the regulations of Systematic Work Environment Management had limited effect - especially considering the cost of applying these methods.

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2010. Vol. 48, no 2, 185-196 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-126489DOI: 10.2486/indhealth.48.185ISI: 000276256000008PubMedID: 20424349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-126489DiVA: diva2:324460
Available from: 2010-06-15 Created: 2010-06-15 Last updated: 2011-01-05Bibliographically approved

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