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Minerals 2015, 5(2), 314-334; doi:10.3390/min5020314

The Challenge of Integrating OHS into Industrial Project Risk Management: Proposal of a Methodological Approach to Guide Future Research (Case of Mining Projects in Quebec, Canada)

Industrial Engineering Department, School of Engineering, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351, boul. des Forges, C.P. 500, Trois-Rivières (Québec), G9A 5H7, Canada
Academic Editor: Mustafa Kumral
Received: 27 March 2015 / Revised: 14 May 2015 / Accepted: 26 May 2015 / Published: 1 June 2015
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Abstract

Although risk management tools are put to good use in many industrial sectors, some large projects have been met with numerous problems due to failure to take occupational health and safety (OHS) into consideration. In spite of the high level of risk and uncertainty associated with many industrial projects, the number of studies of methods for managing all known risks systematically remains small. Under effervescent economic conditions, industries must meet several challenges associated with frequent project start-ups. In highly complex and uncertain environments, rigorous management of risk remains indispensable for avoiding threats to the success of projects. Many businesses seek continually to create and improve integrated approaches to risk management. This article puts into perspective the complexity of the challenge of integrating OHS into industrial project risk management. A conceptual and methodological approach is proposed to guide future research focused on meeting this challenge. The approach is based on applying multi-disciplinary research modes to a complex industrial context in order to identify all scenarios likely to contain threats to humans or the environment. A case study is used to illustrate the potential of the proposed approach for application and its contribution to meeting the challenge of taking OHS into consideration. On-site researchers were able to develop a new approach that helped two mining companies in Quebec (Canada) to achieve successful integration of OHS into expansion projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational health and safety (OHS); project management; risk management; methodological approach; industry; mining occupational health and safety (OHS); project management; risk management; methodological approach; industry; mining
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Badri, A. The Challenge of Integrating OHS into Industrial Project Risk Management: Proposal of a Methodological Approach to Guide Future Research (Case of Mining Projects in Quebec, Canada). Minerals 2015, 5, 314-334.

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