The use of external sources of health and safety information and advice: the case of small firms

Vickers, Ian and Smallbone, David and Baldock, Robert (2004) The use of external sources of health and safety information and advice: the case of small firms. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 2 (1). pp. 91-104. ISSN 1477-3996

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Abstract

This paper draws on British survey and interview data concerning the use made by small firms of external health and safety information and advice, the sources of such information and advice that they utilise, or would consider using, and the difficulties they experience in accessing information and advice of this type. These data are then used by the authors to shed light on the channels of such information and advice that are most likely to support improvements in how health and safety is managed in small enterprises. The authors' analysis leads them to caution against adopting an overly optimistic view of the part that can be played in this respect by intermediary organisations and the publication of more and better advisory material, and to stress the importance of not understating the advisory and information-providing role of health and safety inspectors.

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Research Areas:Business School > Economics and International Development
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