Regulating systematic occupational health and safety management: comparing the Norwegian and Australian experience

Saksvik, Per Oystein and Quinlan, Michael (2003) Regulating systematic occupational health and safety management: comparing the Norwegian and Australian experience. Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations, 58 (1) . pp. 33-59. ISSN 0034-379X [Article] (doi:10.7202/007368ar)

Abstract

The promotion of systematic occupational health and safety management (SOHSM) represents a comparatively recent but significant realignment of regulatory strategy that has been embraced by many, if not most, industrialized countries. As yet there has been little critical evaluation of the origins and implications of this shift, and to what extent the experience of these measures differs between countries. This article seeks to start the process of answering these questions by comparing SOHSM in Norway and Australia. We identified a number of common challenges (problems of "paper" compliance, limited union input and the growth of precarious employment). In particular, the article highlights the interdependence of OHS and industrial relations regulatory regimes and argues the move away from inclusive collectivist regimes places significant constraints on independent vetting of SOHSM—a crucial element in their effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
ISI Impact: 9
Item ID: 7146
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 07:25
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/7146

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