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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Drivers for leaders to achieve sustainable benefits from ergonomics interventions
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Author:David Caple (David Caple & Associates Pty Ltd, Australia)
Date: 2014-08-18     Track: D - Technical sessions & workshop     Session: D2 - Transforming working environment programmes into workplace practice – part I
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2134

Leaders of industry assess the outcomes of risk assessments from a holistic perspective. Compliance with legislation is only one driver and the sustainable interventions are those that bring productivity and quality benefits. A review of 10 Case studies where supply chains have successfully implemented sustainable risk reduction interventions found that reduction of OHS risk was a minor driver for success. The primary drivers related to the impact on process productivity and quality of the system. These case studies were undertaken in agriculture, construction and transport industry sectors. A further study involved consultations with 18 CEOs of multinational companies. They indicated that legislation played a minor consideration for addressing OHS risks. The primary drivers for the CEOs to allocate resources to safety were a fundamental concern for the safety of their people and a broader concern for the reputation of their company to be seen as a leader in safety. Another series of case studies with managers and worker representatives in the health sector indicated that sustainable implementation of risk reductions were problematic where clinical performance was perceived to be more important for feedback from medical managers than utilization of safety risk controls. The future challenges for ergonomists involve their understanding of the big picture of the industry sector and the drivers for their leaders to resource investment.