Safety management tasks at different management levels

Sari Tappura, Anna-Maria Teperi, Jouni Kivistö-Rahnasto

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    Top management’s strategic commitment to occupational health and safety (OHS) is crucial, but the middle and frontline managers play an important role in OHS management at the tactical and operational levels. The managers’ commitment can be supported by defining their OHS responsibilities and tasks. However, practical examples of their tasks are not widely discussed. This qualitative study aims to identify the OHS management tasks at different organizational levels based on empirical findings from Finnish industrial organizations. Top management’s OHS tasks focus on value judgements, goal setting, providing support, and visibly demonstrating their commitment to OHS. Middle managers develop uniform OHS procedures across the organization, and provide guidance to the frontline managers. Frontline managers monitor the daily work and identify the safety development needs for decision making. The emerged OHS tasks mostly involved technical issues, while human factor aspects were less emphasized, although they have been actively studied for some time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in human factors, business management, training and education
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors, Business Management and Society, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World®, Orlando, Florida, USA
    EditorsJussi Kantola, Tibor Barath, Salman Nazir, Terence Andre
    Place of PublicationUSA
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42070-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42069-1
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    ISSN (Electronic)2194-5357


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • safety management

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1


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