Improvement of workíng environment - from a grass-root strategy to institutionalized professionalism

Thomas Jacobsen

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    Improvement of working environment as a tool to promote sustainable development - from a grass-root strategy to institutionalized professionalism. It is now more than 25 years since substitution of organic solvents started to be considered as a meaningful way in Denmark to reduce harmful effects on workers. During that period different groups of actors have been involved, new institutions to improve working environment have emerged, and legislation has been changed. The paper will describe the development from a grass-root strategy to improve working environment to a much more complex situation where working environment professionals play an important role, and where the concept of ‘cleaner technology’ is generally accepted as a tool to promote sustainable development in the Danish society. The paper will also discuss the necessity of incorporation of working environment considerations in the design and construction phase of new products and new manufacturing plants. Engineers play a major role in design and construction and must therefore have a basic knowledge of working environment factors, even when it is not their main task. In existing plants, where changes are made to improve working environment and to reduce the burden on the external environment, engineers are often in charge of management. Their qualifications must therefore include a knowledge of how to implement such change successfully. Purely technical and scientific qualifications is seldom sufficient to be able to cope with the complex and heterogenous character of engineering work. The paper will give examples of how our group at the Technical University of Denmark offer such elements of qualification to the students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVth Conference on Global Safety 2002
    EditorsMarko Mis et al.
    Place of PublicationLjubljana
    Publication date2002
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    Event5th Conference on Global Safety - Portoroz, Slovenia
    Duration: 5 Nov 2002 → …
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th Conference on Global Safety
    Period05/11/2002 → …

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