Managing OHS: A Route to a New Negotiating Order in High-Performance Work Organizations?

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    Contrary to a widely held view, rather than seeing the certification of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) as a barrier to increasing employee participation, this article views new ways of structuring participation as a necessary step towards making improvements in OHS management systems. The article first considers how work organization has changed and then in a similar way traces how bargaining has shifted from being distributive to become integrative to create a fundamental change in the negotiation regime. Finally, by analyzing an OHS-certified firm in greater depth, the article shows how solutions for improvements in OHS management and notable bottom-up formulations of OHS benchmarks may help us discover how the organizational form of firms with high-performance work organization can be developed through new participatory structures.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSafety Science
    Issue number7
    Pages (from-to)964-973
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Certification
    • High-performance Work Systems
    • Learning by Monitoring
    • Negotiating Orders
    • Participation

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