New roles for the OHS representatives - from employee representation to problem-solving

Peter Hasle, Rikke Seim

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    Abstract

    The changing role of occupational health and safety representatives (OHS reps) is studied in Danish enterprises and the results indicate that representation, and especially negotiation on behalf of colleagues, has diminished. The work environment is mainstreamed in many enterprises and it is rarely an area of conflict. The role of the OHS reps has accordingly changed to focus on solving specific problems at the workplace. Both management and colleagues consider the OHS reps as a resource that can be utilized to manage the work environment. The consequences of this development for the employees consist of both advantages and disadvantages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Factors in Organizational Design and Management - XI
    EditorsO. Broberg, N. Fallentin, P. Hasle, P.L. Jensen, A. Kabel, M.E. Larsen, T. Weller
    Number of pages6
    PublisherIEA Press
    Publication date2014
    Pages685-690
    ISBN (Print)978-87-93130-13-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management and 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (NES) - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 17 Aug 201420 Aug 2014
    Conference number: 11
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    Conference

    Conference11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management and 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (NES)
    Number11
    CountryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period17/08/201420/08/2014
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    Keywords

    • Occupational Health and Safety Management
    • Legislative changes
    • Program theory

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