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Supply chains and the best practice in the management of health and safety at sea

Walters, David ORCID: 2009. Supply chains and the best practice in the management of health and safety at sea. Presented at: Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium 2009, Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium Proceedings (2009). Cardiff, UK: Seafarers International Research Centre, pp. 47-74.

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This paper explores the role of supply chains in influencing health and safety management. It draws on a recent review of research findings on the subject more generally and considers their relevance to managing health and safety in the maritime industry. The paper outlines findings concerning the direct and indirect effects of supply chain business strategies on health and safety arrangements and outcomes. While it reveals a remarkable lack of systematic and rigorous evidence on the way in which the internal dynamics of supply chains impact on health and safety management and performance, it suggests that the broad thrust of the literature points to the negative impact of these strategies on the health and safety of many of the workers involved. At the same time it identifies some strategies that target supply chains as a focus for improving arrangements for health and safety in modern business practice. The paper discusses these in terms of their effectiveness, and coverage and considers the drivers behind their implementation. Although most of the research that has considered supply chain management and health and safety is focused on economic sectors other than the maritime industry, this paper argues that many related findings can be applied to the industry and are relevant to understandings of the way in which the current organisation of work in the maritime industry impacts on health and safety. The study on which the paper is based was funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and undertaken jointly by Cardiff and Oxford Brookes Universities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Publisher: Seafarers International Research Centre
ISBN: 1900174375
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 March 2024
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 12:46

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