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Self-regulation of health and safety in a local authority with particular reference to safety representatives, supervisors and safety committees.

Levinson, Anita (1984) Self-regulation of health and safety in a local authority with particular reference to safety representatives, supervisors and safety committees. PhD thesis, Edinburgh Napier University.

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    Abstract/Description

    The Report of the Robens Committee (1972), the Health and
    Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Safety Representatives and
    Safety Committees Regulations (1977) provide the framework
    within which this study of certain aspects of health and safety
    is carried out. The philosophy of self-regulation is considered
    and its development is set within an historical and an industrial relations perspective.
    The research uses a case study approach to examine the effectiveness of self-regulation in health and safety in a public
    sector organisation. Within this approach, methodological
    triangulation employs the techniques of interviews, questionnaires, observation and documentary analysis.
    The work is based in four departments of a Scottish Local
    Authority and particular attention is given to three of the main
    'agents' of self-regulation - safety representatives, supervisors
    and safety committees and their interactions, strategies and
    effectiveness. A behavioural approach is taken in considering
    the attitudes, values, motives and interactions of safety
    representatives and management. Major internal and external factors, which interact and
    which influence the effectiveness of joint self-regulation of health
    and safety, are identified. It is emphasised that an organisation
    cannot be studied without consideration of the context within which it operates both locally and in the wider environment. One of these factors, organisational structure, is described as bureaucratic and the model of a Representative Bureaucracy described by Gouldner (1954) is compared with findings from the present study.
    An attempt is made to ascertain how closely the Local Authority fits Gouldner's model.
    This research contributes both to knowledge and to theory in
    the subject area by providing an in-depth study of self-regulation
    in a public sector organisation, which when compared with such
    studies as those of Beaumont (1980, 1981, 1982) highlights some of
    the differences between the public and private sectors. Both
    empirical data and hypothetical models are used to provide
    description and explanation of the operation of the health and
    safety system in the Local Authority.
    As data were collected during a dynamic period in economic,
    political and social terms, the research discusses some of the
    effects of the current economic recession upon safety organisation.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Health and Safety; self-regulation; public sector; Scottish Local Authority; safety representatives; supervisors; safety committees;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 363 Other social problems & services > 363.1 Public Safety
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
    Item ID: 4487
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2011 12:09
    Last Modified: 09 Jun 2011 12:09
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4487

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