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Evaluating Workplace Inspections
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, ISSN 1477-3996, Vol. 2, no 2, 77-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A theoretical framework is introduced for the evaluation of workplace inspections with respect to their effects on working conditions. The choice of a concept of efficiency is discussed, and its relation to criteria for a good working environment is clarified. It is concluded that in order to obtain reliable information on the effects of different inspection methods, it is necessary to perform controlled comparative studies in which different methods are used on different workplaces. Given the facility with which such studies can be performed, it is surprising how few such studies have been made. The studies that are available provide sufficient evidence that inspections can increase compliance with regulations and that they can also increase workplace safety, but not much can be concluded about the relative efficiency of different inspection methods.

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Institution of Occupational Safety and Health , 2004. Vol. 2, no 2, 77-91 p.
Keyword [en]
compliance, efficiency, enforcement, evaluation, inspection, priority-setting, quality of work, work environment, workplace health and safety, workplace inspection
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Philosophy Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85889OAI: diva2:696052
Available from: 2014-02-12 Created: 2014-02-12 Last updated: 2014-02-20Bibliographically approved

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