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Occupational Health and Safety in SMEs: Overview as a Part of Management System

Occupational Health and Safety in SMEs: Overview as a Part of Management System
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Author(s): Burcu Özge Özaslan Çalişkan (Istanbul University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 16
Source title: Effective Human Resources Management in Small and Medium Enterprises: Global Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carolina Machado (University of Minho, Portugal) and Pedro Melo (University of Minho, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4731-2.ch009

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Abstract

Employees of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are exposed to higher risks than the employees of larger ones, and SMEs have difficulties in controlling risk. Many countries have noticed the potential of the SMEs, and they judge employment and economic growth to a great extent based on these enterprises. The studies regarding this subject have increased during the last decade, parallel to the political and economic interests in occupational health and safety in SMEs. The objective of this chapter is to reveal general conclusions on effective approaches to prevent occupational diseases and injuries in SMEs and to gain information related to employment, welfare and health facilities, health education, legislation, occupational health, and safety management as a part of integrated management systems and other safety activities. The chapter also aims to facilitate developing an informative perspective about Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) in SMEs by emphasizing the drivers, benefits, and barriers of SMEs trying to adopt these systems.

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