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Supply chain leverage and health and safety management in shipping - the case of the container trade

Walters, David ORCID: and Sampson, Helen ORCID: 2013. Supply chain leverage and health and safety management in shipping - the case of the container trade. Presented at: Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium 2013, Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium Proceedings (2013). Cardiff, UK: Seafarers International Research Centre, pp. 83-99.

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In recent years, discourse on occupational health and safety management has been increasingly concerned with drivers of good practice. In this respect, it is suggested that alongside public regulation, there are various ways in which business relations involved in the supply of goods and services can act as leverage in improving arrangements for health and safety management. The wider literature on the features of supply chain relations would lead us to anticipate that for buyers to be able to exert an influence on the management practices of their suppliers they first need to see it as in their best interests to do so and second, certain conditions need to prevail, to enable their influence to be effective. Similarly, the wider literature on regulation argues that ‘smart regulation’ could, under certain circumstances take advantage of influences within these private business relationships to promote regulatory compliance. We have examined the role of these relations in the maritime industry, as part of a larger study which looked at their influence in situations in which they might be anticipated to occur (such as in the oil tanker trade), and in others in which pre-conditions for their effectiveness were less obvious. In this latter case in the maritime industry, we focused on the container trade and in this presentation we discuss our findings on what happens in a situation in which it is not immediately obvious that the priorities of the business interests involved, or the nature of the supply relationships concerned, would work towards assuring that there were systems in place to promote good practice in health and safety management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Publisher: Seafarers International Research Centre
ISBN: 1900174464
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 March 2024
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2024 00:03

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