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Ständig förbättring av en säkerhetskultur inom stålindustrin: En kvalitativ studie utav bruksmentalitet, säkerhet och kulturella betingelser
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master thesis concerns the occupational safety

environment at Outokompu Stainless, Avesta Work.

The study is of a sociotechnical approach where

humans are involved and interconnected in the same

system with technology and organisation. In order to

reach the corporation’s goal of zero accidents with lost

time injury, the work of improving and maintain

occupational safety and health has to regard behaviour

and cultural aspects. The aim of this study is to

describe the safety culture at a specific production unit

and research what work which has to be done in order

to change and improve the safety culture at Avesta


There are several opportunities for improvement

pointed out in this paper and here are some main

results presented. First and foremost, the concern of

safety among blue-collar is often secondary due to

production. The explanation to this is for instance that

safety equipment, routines and deviation reporting are

regarded as diffuse or circumstantial when there at the

same time exists vocational pride in being efficient and

foolhardy. The city of Avesta was founded, and has

developed, alongside Avesta Work for centuries, and

their status, role models and traditions are strongly

influenced by that relationship. In order to change the

safety culture, the company has to decide what culture

they want, what laboured people at Avesta Work

should be associated with and finally, how to deal with

people who does not fit in with that safety behavioural

and cultural model. Furthermore, to change a safety

culture, knowledge and awareness about these issues

are needed from both blue-collar as well as from

white-collar employees. In conclusion, a way to

constantly improve the safety culture over time is to

adapt a recruiting strategy where dissidence and

different experiences is promoted to continuously

improve and broaden the risk perception of the


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 60 p.
UPTEC STS, ISSN 1650-8319 ; 13036
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208903DiVA: diva2:655233
External cooperation
Outokumpu Stainless, Avesta Works
Educational program
Systems in Technology and Society Programme
Available from: 2013-10-11 Created: 2013-10-10 Last updated: 2013-10-11Bibliographically approved

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