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Management of OSH in Networked Systems...


Loughborough University
Professor Alistair Gibb, Andrew Dainty, Aoife Finneran, Phil Bust, Alistair Cheyne, Ruth Hartley, Roger Haslam, Patrick Waterson and Sarah Pink

This study aims to identify what types of OSH knowledge and evidence circulate and work in relation to each other in organisations involved in networked delivery systems, how local actors in organisations interpret information and, in turn, the influences on OSH goals.

SMEs and micro organisations' engagement with...


Loughborough University
Professor Alistair Gibb, Professor Andrew Dainty, Dr Alistair Cheyne, Dr Patrick Waterson, Professor roger Haslam, Dr Mike Fray, Dr Phil Bust, Ruth Hartley, Dr Aoife Finneran, Dr Jen Morgan

This study builds on a project supported under the Programme - The management of OSH in networked systems of production or service delivery – and focuses on OSH perceptions and behaviours of SMEs including micro organisations. An interdisciplinary perspective in research methodologies as well as a multi-sectoral approach will be adopted, working with healthcare, logistics and construction, before extending to other sectors.

The changing legitimacy of health and...


University of Reading
Dr Paul Almond, Dr Mike Esbester and Dr Stavroula Leka

This project will undergo a multi-level analysis of the development of social dialogues about occupational health and safety (OHS) between 1960 and 2012. Historical and contemporary sources (documentary, testimonial, and empirical) will be interrogated in order to explain changes; and used to understand how far a range of different social, political, and legal factors have influenced changes in public perceptions of OHS.

Networks of influence: practising safety...


Cranfield University
Dr Colin Pilbeam, Dr Noeleen Doherty and Professor David Denyer

This research aims to explain how safety leadership is enacted in low hazard environments, by:

Identifying the variety of types of safety leadership observed, and characterising the contexts in which each is displayed from an examination of existing empirically-based OSH studies

Determining the variety of practices enacted and shaped by safety leaders operating at different levels in organizations typical of LHEs discovering the variation in the safety leadership practices of individual leaders over time in LHEs revealing the social interaction between workers within organizations operating in LHEs.

Discovering the variation in the safety leadership practices of individual leaders over time in LHEs

Revealing the social interaction between workers within organizations operating in LHEs

Getting the best from the fit note


University of Nottingham
Professor Avril Drummond, Carolyn Coole and Erica Kucharczyk

This project aims to address the gaps in the evidence-base for the GP fit note by investigating the key features of successful fit note use in order to optimise its effectiveness from the perspective of all three stakeholders: GP, employer and employee.

The objectives are:

To reach a consensus on the content of the ideal fit note from the perspective of employers, employees and GPs in order to facilitate return-to-work and work retention.
To produce recommendations for good practice in the completion, timing, transmission and application of fit notes.
To identify acceptable methods of facilitating dialogue between the stakeholders.
To develop specific training for employers and GPs in the effective use of fit notes.

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