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Fatigued for safety? Supply chain occupational health and safety initiatives in shipping

Bhattacharya, S. and Tang, Lijun 2013. Fatigued for safety? Supply chain occupational health and safety initiatives in shipping. Economic and Industrial Democracy 34 (3) , pp. 383-399. 10.1177/0143831X12439760

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Abstract

This article investigates impacts of supply chain occupational health and safety initiatives, utilizing the case of Oil Majors’ involvement in inspecting/regulating shipboard health and safety. It reveals that while supply chain pressure has made a contribution in improving ship safety, seafarers are denied participation in the management of occupational health and safety. Instead, Oil Majors effectively pass their pressure through ship managers down to seafarers and force them to silently comply. Among the consequences are work intensification and fatigue leading to a skewed impact on seafarers’ health and safety. This article suggests that supply chain pressure cannot be an adequate substitute for what an organized workforce can achieve through effective participation in the management of workplace health and safety.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Control; employee participation; health and safety work; management; multinational companies
Additional Information: Online publication date: 14 March 2012.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0143-831X
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 03:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/53680

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