Effects of Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) Standard: A Study on Core Competencies Building and Organizational Learning

  • Ebo Kwegyir-Afful
  • Emma Kwegyir-Afful
  • Richard Addo-Tenkorang
  • Jussi Kantola
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 594)


Promoting the human factor of every organization is an important component that needs to be continuously up held to build employee competencies. Ultimately, this strengthens the competitiveness and sustainability of the operations within the organization. The aim of this paper is to investigate the effects of occupational health and safety management system (OHSAS 18001-2007) and learning in organizations to building its core competencies. This case study was carried out by the Evolute web based research tool in four factories between May and August 2015. Results indicated that, the acquisition of OHSAS 18001:2007 standard improves employee work output as well as increases knowledge capacity. Thus, an appreciable level of occupational health and safety management system, practice and environment has positive employee effect and that, organizational learning can be facilitated by top management commitment and leadership. However, the need for an increase in tacit knowledge disbursement among employees was realized needed.


Occupational health and safety Safety culture Organizational learning Knowledge management Knowledge creation and core competences building 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ebo Kwegyir-Afful
    • 1
  • Emma Kwegyir-Afful
    • 2
  • Richard Addo-Tenkorang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Jussi Kantola
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Technology, Department of ProductionUniversity of VaasaVaasaFinland
  2. 2.Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Public Health & Clinical NutritionUniversity of Eastern FinlandKuopioFinland
  3. 3.Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)PalapyeBotswana

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