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

Audit of psychosocial risk management systems: between tacit knowledge and standardization
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Author:Anne Helbo JESPERSEN (Bureau Veritas Denmark, Denmark)
Peter HASLE (entre for Industrial Production, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark)
Pernille HOHNEN (Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark)
Christian Uhrenholdt MADSEN (entre for Industrial Production, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: F - Tools & methods     Session: F6 - Transforming working environment programmes into workplace practice – part III
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2506

The OHSAS 18001 standard for health and safety management provides a framework for organizations on how to manage risks. Internal and external audits of compliance with the standard are key elements. Auditors should be competent to carry out the task and be familiar with risks of the areas they are auditing. The competences and practice of internal auditors have been studied in two Danish municipalities. The results show that auditors have a varied background and a limited knowledge about psychosocial risks. They have difficulties in carrying out audits and the results are mainly influenced by personal preferences.