Issues in Developing University Labor-Management Activity on Occupational Safety and Health.
NIOSH 1982 Feb:257-261
The study of health in the workplace from the perspective of industrial relations was discussed. The legitimacy of industrial relations as a course of study within the university was supported on the basis of research and teaching programs. The author suggested that a long term strategy to develop university involvement with labor and management on health issues was needed. Functions suggested for the university in the area of occupational safety and health included being a neutral party. The author noted that the university could help both labor and management become better informed on the complex problems of workplace health and safety. The university could provide expertise to clarify issues and could also pose or evaluate options in situations where labor and management are in adversarial positions. The historical tradition of distrust and antipathy between university and trade union in the United States was reviewed with regard to potential difficulties of cooperative efforts. The need for universities to develop a rapport with both labor and management in an open environment was emphasized. The functions of the Industrial Relations and Labor Studies Center at the University of Maryland was delineated. The author concludes that the ability to work with labor and management issues requires considerable work and openness which for the university would involve cooperation between internal and external resources in an effort that does not force anyone from personal political, economic, or intellectual views.
Occupational-health; Worker-health; Industrial-safety; Workplace-studies; Human-factors-engineering; Safety-research; Safety-programs; Regulations;
Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education: A Dialogue Between Two Communities, Division of Safety Research and Division of Training and Manpower Development, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103