Practising occupational health and safety using social practice theory

Raidén, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-7176-1139 and Aboagye-Nimo, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-7651-744X, 2019. Practising occupational health and safety using social practice theory. In: C. Gorse and C.J. Neilson, eds., Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference. Leeds: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), pp. 517-526. ISBN 9780995546349

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Occupational health and safety literature embodies two worlds: one that takes a hard, top-down approach with a view that legislation and organisational policy and procedures are essential to achieving an environment that mitigates risks to workers’ health and/ or safety. This perspective is aligned with rational management and has tended to dominate research and practice in and about organisations, work, workers and the organisation-work-worker relationships, including literature on occupational health and safety. The other takes a social constructionist view and places the worker at the heart of mobilising health and safety at work. Understanding the impact of individual and group characteristics (such as worker behaviour, perception, and safety climate) on occupational health and safety are at the heart of this perspective. As workers are definitive key stakeholders in occupational health and safety, interest and research in this space is growing. However, despite advancements in research and practice in both spaces, accidents still happen at work and worker health and well-being feature at the forefront of management agenda. We employ social practice theory to bring together the discourse of the two worlds in occupational health and safety research and practice. Social practice theory offers a framework for analysis which attempts to synthesise the structural focus of systems, such as legislative frameworks and organisational policy and procedures on occupational health and safety, and the processual and cultural, the socially constructed, approaches. We argue that such integration holds the key to extending work in this important area.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Proceedings of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 35th Annual Conference, Leeds, 2-4 September 2019.
Creators: Raidén, A. and Aboagye-Nimo, E.
Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of Publication: Leeds
Date: 2019
ISBN: 9780995546349
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Feb 2020 14:29
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 14:29
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