Demonstration of Risk Profiling for promoting safety in SME´s

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Demonstration of Risk Profiling for promoting safety in SME´s. / Jørgensen, Kirsten; Duijm, Nijs Jan; Troen, Hanne.

In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011, p. 179-193.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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Jørgensen, Kirsten; Duijm, Nijs Jan; Troen, Hanne / Demonstration of Risk Profiling for promoting safety in SME´s.

In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011, p. 179-193.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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@article{072d1649b9eb4c0e83f529729a10ac3c,
title = "Demonstration of Risk Profiling for promoting safety in SME´s",
keywords = "Risk assessment, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Carpenters, Accidents, Caretakers, Denmark, Risk observation",
publisher = "Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.",
author = "Kirsten Jørgensen and Duijm, {Nijs Jan} and Hanne Troen",
year = "2011",
doi = "10.1108/17538351111143330",
volume = "4",
number = "2",
pages = "179--193",
journal = "International Journal of Workplace Health Management",
issn = "1753-8351",

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T1 - Demonstration of Risk Profiling for promoting safety in SME´s

A1 - Jørgensen,Kirsten

A1 - Duijm,Nijs Jan

A1 - Troen,Hanne

AU - Jørgensen,Kirsten

AU - Duijm,Nijs Jan

AU - Troen,Hanne

PB - Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify and assess the risks and potential risks that may lead to accidents. It aims to look at how to improve risk assessment within SMEs for the benefit of all staff. Design/methodology/approach – The research included results from a Dutch project which identifies accident risks and safety barriers that are presented in a huge database and risk calculator. The method was first to develop a simple way of accessing this enormous amount of data, second, to develop a tool to observe risks and safety barriers in SMEs and to investigate the usefulness of the developed tools in real life, third, to collect data on risks and safety barriers in SMEs for two occupations by following 20 people for three days each and to create a risk profile for each occupations. Findings – The result is a simple way to go through all types of risks for accidents – a tool for risk observations for external safety experts, and useful for SMEs and for risk profiles for two occupations. Finally some experiences about the needs and difficulties in risk awareness in small enterprises as well as requirements for the employer and the employees. Research limitations/implications – The limitation of the project is that the results have not been tested in SMEs and that the number of people observed and observations days are limited mainly because there was limited time for the project. Social implications – The article considers the dilemma that although accident frequency is higher in SMEs, most small companies experience no serious accidents; thus, they are not challenged to focus on safety, neither being aware of the risk of accidents nor being able to identify risk before the accident happens with the purpose of acting and taking action to prevent accidents. Originality/value – The value of the project is the observation tool and the identification of risks, and being aware of what an employer and employee can do to minimise such risks. .

AB - Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify and assess the risks and potential risks that may lead to accidents. It aims to look at how to improve risk assessment within SMEs for the benefit of all staff. Design/methodology/approach – The research included results from a Dutch project which identifies accident risks and safety barriers that are presented in a huge database and risk calculator. The method was first to develop a simple way of accessing this enormous amount of data, second, to develop a tool to observe risks and safety barriers in SMEs and to investigate the usefulness of the developed tools in real life, third, to collect data on risks and safety barriers in SMEs for two occupations by following 20 people for three days each and to create a risk profile for each occupations. Findings – The result is a simple way to go through all types of risks for accidents – a tool for risk observations for external safety experts, and useful for SMEs and for risk profiles for two occupations. Finally some experiences about the needs and difficulties in risk awareness in small enterprises as well as requirements for the employer and the employees. Research limitations/implications – The limitation of the project is that the results have not been tested in SMEs and that the number of people observed and observations days are limited mainly because there was limited time for the project. Social implications – The article considers the dilemma that although accident frequency is higher in SMEs, most small companies experience no serious accidents; thus, they are not challenged to focus on safety, neither being aware of the risk of accidents nor being able to identify risk before the accident happens with the purpose of acting and taking action to prevent accidents. Originality/value – The value of the project is the observation tool and the identification of risks, and being aware of what an employer and employee can do to minimise such risks. .

KW - Risk assessment

KW - Small to medium-sized enterprises

KW - Carpenters

KW - Accidents

KW - Caretakers

KW - Denmark

KW - Risk observation

U2 - 10.1108/17538351111143330

DO - 10.1108/17538351111143330

JO - International Journal of Workplace Health Management

JF - International Journal of Workplace Health Management

SN - 1753-8351

IS - 2

VL - 4

SP - 179

EP - 193

ER -