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Too much pressure? Retailer power and occupational health and safety in the food processing industry

Lloyd, Caroline ORCID: and James, Susan 2008. Too much pressure? Retailer power and occupational health and safety in the food processing industry. Work Employment & Society 22 (4) , pp. 713-730. 10.1177/0950017008098366

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This article examines the impact of supply chain pressures on the UK food processing industry and the implications for occupational health and safety. Based upon case studies in three meat processing plants, the research found that although the number of accidents is declining, little progress has been made in dealing with the widespread ill-health problems associated with largely repetitive and, in some cases, heavy work regimes. Supermarkets play a contradictory role in that they provide incentives to improve health and safety while at the same time their price and delivery demands have a detrimental impact. Despite these intense supply chain pressures, there is some room for `manoeuvrability' in that both employers and workplace trade unions can make a difference to health and safety outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Uncontrolled Keywords: food processing industry; health and safety; supply chains; trade unions
Publisher: BSA Publications
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:51

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