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Knowledge Management Impact on the Occupational Safety and Health Culture in Enterprise

Alin Gaureanu, Hugo Weinschrott, Draghici Anca () and Alin Jitarel
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Alin Gaureanu: Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Hugo Weinschrott: Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Alin Jitarel: Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

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Abstract: Occupational Safety and Health (OHS) activity shows that all appropriate preventive measures taken, could support the better control (elimination or diminish) of the risks associated to the work processes. Through these preventive practices, in accordance with the legal requirements (properly applied), organizations avoid spending significant resources that could arise from work accidents and/or incidents. An important contribution to avoid accidents and the associated costs, which can even lead to bankruptcy, is related to the well-defined and implementation of the OHS culture. That culture exist tacitly, and is sometime ignored, until it is approached as a part of the organization knowledge management. In consequence, OHS culture is seen as a continuous value and not just a shifting priority depending on a particular situation or context. The most used and effective knowledge processes that contributes to the OSH culture development, is knowledge acquisition through the training programs address to organization’s employees. In addition, the most important approach is to gain expected efficiency by applying other knowledge management processes as transfer and sharing. These will support the development of specific values (as intangible assets) that will nurture the OSH culture. In this context, the paper will present a methodological approach on how knowledge management processes will support the OHS culture development. Furthermore, there will be analysed the impact of applying the knowledge management processes for OSH training, in order to nurture the OSH culture, in the case of Romanian organizations.

Keywords: Occupational Safety and Health (OHS); knowledge management; training; safety culture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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