Engineers' Role in the Management of Working Environment in Danish Enterprises: Results of a National Survey

Ole Broberg, Nanette Juhler Hansen, Mette Maribo Høgsbo

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    This study confirms that many engineers are not aware that they influence the working environment of other people through their engineering. Also, it indicates that the extent of influence dependends on engineering domain and task content. Many engineers and enterprises have an espoused theory expressing a positive attitude towards working environment considerations in engineering. However, the theory-in-action seems to be quite different. Engineers do not know what to do in relation to working environment considerations. They mainly point to solidifying their knowledge in the area combined with management policies and systems as the means to enhance such considerations. In spite that they overwhelmingly prefer dialogue (with other engineers) as a ‘tool' in their daily work, this is not the case regarding working environment considerations. The study indicates that effects of working enviroment training at engineering schools are very limited. As the engineers find it very important to teach working environment at engineering schools it must be considered what kind of curriculum would be most effective for the engineering career. Finally, the engineers do not perceive that management or others inside and outside the enterprise expect them to consider working environment aspects in engineering. The formalized working environment management system seems not able to engage the engineers in preventive actions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing : Agility & Hybrid Automation II
    EditorsKarwowski W & Goonetileke R
    Place of PublicationSanta Monica
    PublisherIEA Press
    Publication date1998
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event6th International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing: Agility & Hybrid Automation - Hong Kong, China
    Duration: 5 Jul 19988 Jul 1998
    Conference number: 6


    Conference6th International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing
    CityHong Kong


    • Engineering
    • Occupational health and safety activities


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