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Is ownership the decisive factor in collaborations between occupational health services and client companies?
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1723-3743
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4185-8113
2017 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 56, no 2, 309-318 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Swedish employers are required to use external resources such as Occupational Health Services ( OHS providers) if their own knowledge of occupational health and safety is insufficient. Some large employers have their own in-house OHS units but it is more common to engage the services of an external provider. However, no studies have been carried out from a critical perspective regarding how ownership of the OHS provider is related to a successful collaboration with client companies. OBJECTIVES: This study explores the extent to which the six key factors for a successful collaboration are related to ownership and seeks to identify the challenges that the different models of ownership pose. METHODS: Interviews with 15 client companies and their OHS providers were conducted in order to identify key factors in achieving a successful collaboration with an OHS provider. This study utilizes existing data to identify challenges related to ownership. RESULTS: Two key factors were identified with challenges related to ownership of the OHS provider: The importance of having a long-term perspective when building a relationship; and ensuring that collaboration extends beyond the client's HR Department to the various organisational levels of the company. CONCLUSIONS: Whatever form the ownership of an OHS provider may take, each comes with its own specific set of challenges that must be managed in order to achieve a successful collaboration with the client company.

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IOS Press, 2017. Vol. 56, no 2, 309-318 p.
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Ownership, occupational health services, occupational health and safety management, work environment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-204740DOI: 10.3233/WOR-172498ISI: 000396548900015PubMedID: 28234266ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85015398464OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-204740DiVA: diva2:1104607
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AFA Insurance
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QC 20170601

Available from: 2017-06-01 Created: 2017-06-01 Last updated: 2017-06-01Bibliographically approved

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