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Re-Strategising for Effective Health and Safety Standards in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

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Poor health and safety record impact on the image/reputation and operational capabilities of businesses, especially those within the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. Given the role of SMEs in the economy, this paper attempts to highlight the issue of poor health and safety performance of the SME sector and suggest a strategy for improving the level of performance. To this end, survey questionnaires were distributed to assess the overall awareness of people about health and safety issues, motivations and constraints, vis-a-viz supply chain improvement initiatives. Based on the findings (responses from questionnaires) and existing literature, the unique characteristics of the supply chain network makes it a suitable medium through which health and safety improvement in small and mediumsized enterprises can be realised. Additionally, the findings show that good health and safety management culture enhances image, lowers costs, and improves the overall competitiveness of organisations. To complement the efforts/desires of health and safety regulators, there is need to leverage on the relationships that exist in supply chains, shown in this exercise to have a major influence on the activities of organisations.

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I. Diugwu, "Re-Strategising for Effective Health and Safety Standards in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises," Open Journal of Safety Science and Technology, Vol. 1 No. 3, 2011, pp. 115-128. doi: 10.4236/ojsst.2011.13013.


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