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How workplaces actually carry out OSH-related risk assessment and management

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Safety Management and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors
EditorsPedro M. Arezes
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030204969
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 24 Jul 201928 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.


The practices of risk management (RM) process are generally considered foundational and are commonly used for occupational health and safety (OSH) management at workplaces. However, some estimates propose that recent efforts to improve OSH have not had the desired effects. Previous research has recognized problems in the OSH-related RM in the workplace. A better understanding of how workplaces realize OSH-related RM is needed. This study examines the implementation of OSH-related RM based on the case studies of four companies. Interviews (n = 46) with personnel involved in RM, document analyses related to RM, and observations of risk assessments were carried out. The results show that the RM guidelines are mainly strictly applied. Nevertheless, the practices are also tailored. The elements of risk assessment are emphasized. More importance should be given to the risk treatment, monitoring, and review elements of the RM process to understand whether the planned controls are effective and efficient.


  • Current practices, Hazard recognition, Risk assessment, Risk management, Workplace safety

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland