A comparison of managers’ and safety delegates’ perceptions of work environment priorities in the manufacturing industry
2012 (English)In: Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, ISSN 1090-8471, E-ISSN 1520-6564, Vol. 22, no 3, 235-247 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigated the attention and priority accorded to factors of work environment within manufacturing companies, as perceived by managers and safety delegates at small- and medium-sized enterprises. Representatives from 142 Swedish manufacturing companies answered a 43-item questionnaire covering seven areas of the work environment and a priority-ranking question of company interests. Respondents (n = 249) rated the present situation and the situation one year earlier, using a visual analogue scale. The findings showed that both managers and safety delegates ranked profitability as the main company interest. Respondents rated the priorities of the work environment currently as higher than one year earlier (p = <0.05). Managers rated the priorities of the work environment higher than did the safety delegates (p = <0.05). We conclude that the two professional roles, managers and safety delegates, differ in their perceptions as of to which extent different work environment factors are being attended to.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 22, no 3, 235-247 p.
Occupational health and safety (OHS), Workplace, Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Profitability, Professional roles
Social Sciences Work Sciences Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264511DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20263ISI: 000303194700005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84860676039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264511DiVA: diva2:860783