Policies for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and Workplace Change

  • Richard Ennals
Conference paper


The workplace, the workforce and the labour market of industrialised societies are undergoing rapid and profound change. These include physical changes, due to new technologies, changing patterns in labour force participation (most notably by women), changing demographics (notably an ageing population), changes to legislation, changes to organisational structures and changing forms of employment relations. These changes have significant implications for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management. Internal quality control of the work environment is being promoted as the new strategy to solve OHS problems. The workshop aimed to provide perspectives on this strategy, its interaction with other developments in an around the workplace, and its effects on OHS. There was a focus on the relationship between regulation, privately based promotion and OHS management.

The workshop was concerned with workers as the most direct beneficiaries of success or victims of failure with regard to OHS management, and with their right to a major say in such processes. Worker participation is integral to OHS management, or it amounts to little more than cost or risk minimisation. The workshop was concerned with participation at workplace, industry, society and government levels.

Papers had been prepared and circulated in advance by the organising committee comprising Kaj Frick, Per Langaa Jensen, Pascal Paoli, Michael Quinlan and Ton Wilthagen. The workshop brought together many of the themes of Work Life 2000, and linked discussions from earlier workshops. At the end of the workshop Anders Schaerstrom gave an introduction to the SALTSA Joint Programme for Working Life Research in a European Perspective.


Labour Market Risk Assessment Occupational Health Trade Union Work Life 
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© Swedish National Institute for Working Life 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Ennals
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  1. 1.Kingston Business SchoolKingston UniversitySurreyUK

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