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Middle managers' role in safeguarding OHS: The case of the shipping industry

Bhattacharya, Syamantak and Tang, Lijun ORCID: 2013. Middle managers' role in safeguarding OHS: The case of the shipping industry. Safety Science 51 (1) , pp. 63-68. 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.05.015

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Employee participation and commitment from top management are important factors in effective occupational health and safety (OHS) management. However, between top management and employees there are middle managers, who are given little room in the top management/employee dichotomy. In this context, using the shipping industry as a case study, this paper investigates the impact of senior officer leadership on ratings’ participation in OHS management. Results suggest that while ratings’ precarious employment coupled with a steep hierarchy of command on board ships make upward communication in formal environments practically impossible, it is possible for senior officers to elicit effective participation from ratings by making good use of informal settings, working alongside ratings and engaging with them in social activities. Such leadership efforts bring in temporary relief to the constraints of participation and create spaces for them to contribute in the management of shipboard OHS.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employee participation; Leadership; Shipping industry; Middle manager; Occupational health and safety
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0925-7535
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:36

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