Promoting Occupational Safety, Health, and Well-Being in SME Manufacturing Companies

Susanna Mattila, Sari Tappura, Elli Karttunen

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a significant role in the EU economy and account for a large number of employment opportunities. Improvements in the working conditions and well-being of employees in SMEs are crucial for the development of businesses, societies, and workers. This study investigated and developed the safety, health, and well-being (SHW) of employees in SME manufacturing companies. The proposed company-specific development process involved four companies and consisted of an e-survey, interviews, and a workshop. Both employers and employee representatives participated in the process. The process revealed a good working community and support received from others as resources in the studied companies. The factors needing development were found to be work posture and movement, workplace thermal environment, communication, haste, orderliness, and tidiness. This study provides knowledge about SHW risks, resources, and development measures in manufacturing SMEs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety Management and Human Factors
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of 13th AHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, New York, USA, July 24-28, 2022
EditorsPedro Arezes, Anne Garcia
PublisherAHFE International
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-958651-40-7
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
Event International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics - New York, United States
Duration: 24 Jul 202228 Jul 2022
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameAHFE International
ISSN (Electronic)2771-0718


Conference International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
Abbreviated titleAHFE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
Internet address

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  • Publication forum level 1


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