Hard work in soft regulation. A discussion of the ...

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

Hard work in soft regulation. A discussion of the social mechanisms in OHS management standards and possible dilemmas in the reg
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Author:Pernille HOHNEN (Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark)
Peter HASLE (Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Denmark)
Anne Helbo JESPERSEN (Bureau Veritas, Denmark)
Christian Uhrenholdt MADSEN (Center for Industrial Production, 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:2507

Certified occupational health and safety management (OHSM) systems have become a global instrument in the regulation of work environment. However, their actual impact on occupational health and safety – in particular on ‘softer’ psychosocial areas of the working environment – has been questioned. This has resulted in recent British attempts to develop publically available guidelines (PAS 1010) to be used together with OHSAS 18001 focusing specifically on psychosocial risk management. The paper discusses these attempts in light of recent sociological theories on the regulatory mechanisms in international standards, and concludes that the new guidelines only partially resolve prevailing inadequacies of OHSAS 18001.