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Development of a Preliminary Model for Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Maturity in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Industrial Engineering Department, School of Engineering, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5H7, Canada
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Research Institute on SMEs, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5H7, Canada
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Received: 24 October 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 23 January 2018 / Published: 1 February 2018
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Abstract

Management of occupational health and safety (OHS) risks is a crucial component of any business. Numerous investigations have shown that work-related injuries and deaths occur disproportionately in small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and that this is clearly due to deficient management of OHS risks. The main goal of this work is to develop a base of indicators suitable for evaluating OHS risk management maturity in industrial SMEs. A preliminary model is then proposed for this evaluation, based on a small number of relevant indicators selected from a careful bibliographic review. The work begins with a critical review of the literature and analysis of known concepts, methods, tools and models of measurement of risk analysis maturity in order to extract relevant indicators. The most suitable indicators are then grouped to form the basis of a preliminary model for evaluating OHS risk management maturity in the SME setting. Our findings will help managers of SMEs make sound decisions in their quest to improve the OHS performance of their businesses. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational health and safety (OHS); risk management; maturity; measurable indicators; evaluation model; small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) occupational health and safety (OHS); risk management; maturity; measurable indicators; evaluation model; small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME)
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Kaassis, B.; Badri, A. Development of a Preliminary Model for Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Maturity in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Safety 2018, 4, 5.

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