Title: Understanding the Occupational Health and Safety Inspection Process in a Changing Labour Market (IWH project 1270)
Category: Changing Nature of Work and Work Environment
Subcategory: Changing Nature of Work and Work Environment
The effectiveness of occupational health laws and policies depends on compliance with them. In the context of a changing labour market, where subcontracting, franchising, and third party management are increasingly common and non-standard forms of employment have grown, obtaining compliance with OHS law faces new challenges. There is a body of literature about OHS inspections that focuses mostly on effectiveness and on challenges of recent inspection mandates. Overall, we know little about inspection as a process. While many studies are conducted ‘about’ inspectors, few directly tap frontline experiences and knowledge of inspectors and related front-line actors. An analytic priority of this study is how non-standard work and risks facing vulnerable workers are identified and handled in the inspection process.
• To identify inspection process challenges and opportunities related to fissured work environment.
• To identify how the inspection process is and can be adapted to the needs of vulnerable workers.
• To identify the kinds of issues in the inspection process that can be adapted to the fissured work environment.
These findings will direct OHS researchers to inspection issues that may not have previously been conceptualised and measured, and to comparative process studies. Findings will guide policy-makers as they adapt OHS inspection processes for current realities of work.
Ellen MacEachen, Christine Carrasco, Ron Saunders, Emile Tompa, Katherine Lippel