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Using the capability approach and organizational climate to study occupational health and safety

Andrea Bernardi ()
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Andrea Bernardi: Oxford Brookes University

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Abstract: The Capability Approach, first developed by Amartya Sen, cab be used as a mean to analyse occupational health and safety related behaviours. Accidents at work more frequently occur among atypical workers and migrants, making this an interesting context in which to apply Sen's theoretical framework; namely showing how freedoms, rights, organisational climate and capabilities are important factors in risk prevention. It is logical to expect that workers' participation and rights should provide a safer environment, but the application of the Capability Approach offers a tool to measure organisational inequalities and their consequences. Furthermore, its application could help to improve occupational health and safety chiefly among atypical workers. In this paper, I consider Safety Capability to encompass the workers attitude to their own protection, their understanding of safety procedures and the risks they face, and their freedom to ask their organisation to comply with the law and implement safe work processes.

Keywords: capability; health and safety; organizational climate; organization; wellbeing; sociology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-06-01
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Published in Insights into Regional Development, 2019, 1 (2), pp.138-154. ⟨10.9770/ird.2019.1.2(6)⟩

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DOI: 10.9770/ird.2019.1.2(6)

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