Perceptions of work environment priorities: Are there any differences by company size? — An ecological study
2015 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 52, no 3, 697-706 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: Earlier studies suggest that the quality of handling occupational health and safety (OHS) activities differs between companies of different sizes. Company size is a proxy variable for other variables affecting OHS performance.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate if there is an association between company size and perceptions of work environment prioritizations.
METHODS: Data from 106 small- and medium-sized Swedish manufacturing companies was collected. One manager and one safety delegate at each company rated different aspects of their companies' work environment prioritizations with a 43-item questionnaire. Ratings were aggregated to a summary statistic for each company before analysis.
RESULTS: No significant differences in perceptions of priority were found to be associated with company sizes. This is in contrast to earlier studies of objective differences. The respondents in small companies, however, showed significantly greater consensus in their ratings.
CONCLUSIONS: Company size does not appear to be associated with perceptions of work environment prioritizations. Company size is an important proxy variable to study in order to understand what factors enable and obstruct safe and healthy workplaces. The work presented here should be viewed as an initial exploration to serve as direction for future academic work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 52, no 3, 697-706 p.
Company size, Occupational health and safety (OHS), Ergonomics, Perceptions, Consensus
Work Sciences Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-264512DOI: 10.3233/WOR-152123ISI: 000366059600028PubMedID: 26409368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-264512DiVA: diva2:860784