The impact of lack in occupational health and safety implementation in small businesses
- Authors: Thaba, Sebonkile Cynthia , Mbohwa, Charles
- Date: 2016
- Subjects: Small business - Health aspects , Small business - Safety measures
- Language: English
- Type: Conference proceedings
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/55422 , uj:16290 , Citation: Thaba, S.C. & Mbohwa, C. 2016. The impact of lack in occupational health and safety implementation in small businesses. Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 8-10, 2016. , ISBN:978-1-4673-7762-1
- Description: Abstract: Occupational health and safety has a major impact on the development and sustainability of small and medium business. The paper is indicating the effects that come with implementing the occupational and health safety act. The study was conducts in four industrial parks that are situated in Gauteng Province namely, Olando industria, Westo Park Indusdria, Lake Side Industrial Park and Majuba Park. Some of the name are not the exact names of the parks visited as the owners does not wants the real names of the parks to appear in the study. These parts have from 4 to 100 Small business in one industry and employees and employers in about fifty small businesses where interviewed and observed.
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Identification of health and safety performance improvement indicators for small and medium construction enterprises : a Delphi consensus study
- Authors: Agumba, Justus N. , Haupt, Theo C.
- Date: 2012
- Subjects: Health and safety , Performance improvement , Small business - Safety measures
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5328 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8623
- Description: This study sought to identify and validate a comprehensive set of health and safety (H&S) leading indicator metrics that will enable small and medium construction enterprises (SMEs) personnel to monitor the level of H&S performance in their projects. The Delphi approach was used where the opinion of H&S experts, academics and industry practitioners were canvassed on 64 potential indicator metrics, categorized in 10 elements or leading indicators that will enable H&S performance improvement e.g. reduction in accidents, injuries, diseases but to name a few. The experts rated each indicator metric on a 10-point Likert scale of impact, where 1= no major impact or 10% impact and 10 = major impact or 100% impact. Consensus was reached on 32 indicator metrics after four successive rounds of Delphi if the indicators attracted final scores of, percentage median impact of 90% to 100% which is 9.00 to 10.00 median rating and over 50% of respondents rating the indicator metrics in the band of 9.00 to 10.00 or 90% to 100% impact to improve H&S performance. The experts had the opportunity to reconsider their scores informed by the group median score in rounds 2, 3 and 4. The limitation of the study was the reliance of a structured questionnaire in the first round as experts were not allowed to add any new indicators, until the fourth round. This study contributes to the H&S body of knowledge where no consensus has been reached pertaining to the indicator metrics that have major impact to improve H&S performance at project level of construction SMEs in South Africa.
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