Received: 2019-03-16  |  Accepted: 2019-05-28  |  Published: 2019-06-30

Title

Using the capability approach and organizational climate to study occupational health and safety


Abstract

The Capability Approach, first developed by Amartya Sen, cab be used as a mean to analyse occupational health and safety related behaviours. Accidents at work more frequently occur among atypical workers and migrants, making this an interesting context in which to apply Sen’s theoretical framework; namely showing how freedoms, rights, organisational climate and capabilities are important factors in risk prevention. It is logical to expect that workers’ participation and rights should provide a safer environment, but the application of the Capability Approach offers a tool to measure organisational inequalities and their consequences. Furthermore, its application could help to improve occupational health and safety chiefly among atypical workers. In this paper, I consider Safety Capability to encompass the workers attitude to their own protection, their understanding of safety procedures and the risks they face, and their freedom to ask their organisation to comply with the law and implement safe work processes.


Keywords

capability, health and safety, organizational climate, organization, wellbeing


JEL classifications

J28 , O15 , D23


URI

http://jssidoi.org/ird/article/12


DOI


HAL


Pages

138-154


Funding

Parts of this text are spinoffs from research in the framework of the project European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme projects European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) Grant Agreement No.777449 (2018-2019)

This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
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Authors

Bernardi, Andrea
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom https://www.brookes.ac.uk
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Journal title

Insights into Regional Development

Volume

1


Number

2


Issue date

June 2019


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

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