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Health and Safety Risks in Britain's Workplaces: Where are They and Who Controls Them?

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  • Bryson, Alex

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This is the first paper to identify the correlates of workplace managers' perceptions of the health and safety risks faced by workers and the degree to which workers have control over those risks. The risks workers face and the control they have over those risks are weakly negatively correlated. Managerial risk ratings are positively associated with both injury and illness rates, but not with absence rates. The control rating is also positively associated with injury and illness rates, but it is negatively correlated with absence rates. Workers are more likely to be exposed to health and safety risks when their workplace is performing poorly and where it has been adversely affected by the recession. Union density is positively associated with risks but is not associated with worker control over risks. Having on-site worker representatives dealing with health and safety is linked to lower risks than direct consultation between management and employees over health and safety. However, there is no evidence that particular types of health and safety arrangement are related to worker control over health and safety risks.

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  • Bryson, Alex, 2016. "Health and Safety Risks in Britain's Workplaces: Where are They and Who Controls Them?," IZA Discussion Papers 9770, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    unions; working conditions; workplace safety;

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    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions

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