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

Working environment committees – stretched between strategy and participation
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Author:Vibeke Kristine SCHELLER (Centre for Working Life Research, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Denmark)
Agnete MELDGAARD HANSEN (Centre for Working Life Research, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Denmark)
Klaus T. NIELSEN (Centre for Working Life Research, Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University, Denmark)
Date: 2014-08-18     Track: D - Technical sessions & workshop     Session: D3 - Transforming working environment programmes into workplace practice – part II
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2320

In Denmark, the Working Environment Act was revised in 2010. The intention was that increased flexibility in the structure and operations of the legally required safety and working environment committees would enable a more systematic approach and lead to integration of working environment issues in strategic decisions in companies. In this paper we discuss the development by presenting four case studies from a larger case sample drawn from two research projects. We discuss whether this change towards flexibility, systematization, and strategy is conducive or prohibitive in relation to ambitions of making the working environment organization better at dealing with psychosocial working environment problems, and maintaining a high level of employee participation, and proximity between committees and local workplaces.