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Organizing health and safety activities.

Authors
Moser-R Jr.; Lee-JS
Source
Effective Management of Health and Safety Programs: A Practical Guide, 3rd edition. Moser R Jr., ed., Berverly Farms, MA: OEM Press, 2008 Mar; :65-83
NIOSHTIC No.
20038004
Abstract
Those in charge of all or portions of health and safety programs must organize people and other resources to produce results. Although some health and safety professionals might prefer to avoid dealing with organizational factors, especially organizational charts, skills in this area can greatly facilitate the director's efforts. THE ORGANIZATIONAL POSITION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMS: There have been a number of changes in organizational thought and structure over the past few years. Expanding information capabilities and emphasis on both decentralization and teams and teamwork indicate changes will continue into the near future (1-3]. The place of health and safety activities in an organization is also undergoing change [4,5]. Some of these programs are still in more traditional settings, while others are placed in newer or still evolving organizational positions [6-9]. After several years of declining in-house care of workers, an increasing number of companies are now reinstating clinics to provide acute and preventive care through on-site facilities. A recent study found that 22 % of organizations surveyed provided such clinics in 2005 or 2006 and an additional 5% planned to do so in 2007 [10]. If the health and safery unit is hospital based or affiliated, part of a specialty clinic, or in a free-standing clinic, other organizational factors apply [11]. Managed care approaches can be expected to expand still further during the coming years[12-14]. In summary, effectively meeting the challenges of organizing functions and activities greatly facilitates the health and safety manager's development and implementation of comprehensive programs that benefit citizens, workers, patients, and other "customers"; senior executives and senior managers, the parent organization or community; and members of the health and safety team.
Keywords
Management-personnel; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Decision-making; Training; Education; Occupational-health; Environmental-health; Work-operations; Work-organization; Health-programs; Safety-programs; Technical-personnel; Group-behavior; Group-dynamics; Professional-workers; Worker-health; Employee-health; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Preventive-medicine
Publication Date
20080301
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Editors
Moser-R Jr
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9781883595500
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008414
Source Name
Effective Management of Health and Safety Programs: A Practical Guide, 3rd edition
State
UT
Performing Organization
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
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