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WIKIOSH: to develop learning networks about safety and health in the engineering sector
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering. (Ergonomics)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5009-5683
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Ergonomics. (Ergonomics)
2015 (English)In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne 9-14 August 2015, International Ergonomics Association , 2015, p. 1411-Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper a network for knowledge sharing is presented. The network turns to safety and health engineers, ergonomists and researchers working in or with the manufacturing industry. The aim with the network is to strengthen and share sector related knowledge on safety and health. The results show a high interest in this kind of network and that the need for knowledge on how to handle complex situations is in focus, and not how to solve specific one dimensional problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Ergonomics Association , 2015. p. 1411-
Keywords [en]
environmental safety and health engineers, ergonomists, learning network, knowledge
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-180324DiVA, id: diva2:892621
Conference
19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, 2015
Projects
Implementering av natverk - nyttiggorande av branschspecifik kunskap
Funder
AFA Insurance
Note

QC 2016-02-11

Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Occupational Health Services Professionals; skills, needs and experiences shared in a learning network: Co-operative inquiry performed in the manufacturing sector
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Occupational Health Services Professionals; skills, needs and experiences shared in a learning network: Co-operative inquiry performed in the manufacturing sector
2018 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Work environment conditions can influence individuals, organisations as well as society, and economic consequences can be extensive. The employer is responsible for the work environment,but must engage Occupational Health Services (OHS) or similar if the own competenceis not sufficient. Consequently, the professional skills of OHS providers is an important topic, as the services delivered are aimed at contributing to a good work environment. However, research in this area was scant and there was a call for illumination of what professional skills are needed within OHS. There was also a need to find arenas for knowledge development and sharing within and between occupational safety and health (OS&H) professionals and researchers.

One aim of this thesis was to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding about professional skills when it comes to OS&H engineers and ergonomists working within the manufacturing sector. A second aim was to gain experiences of using co-operative inquiry in a learning network for OS&H professionals in order to develop professional skills. The thesis is based on three papers, all with a qualitative research approach. The co-operative inquiry method was used to run a learning network for the research. This network consisted of ten OS&H professionals (engineers and ergonomists) employed at in-house as well as external providers of OHS for manufacturing companies, and two researchers. Everyone in the network acted as co-researchers in accordance with the intention of co-operative inquiry. The dialogues at the meetings were analysed with thematic analysis, using six socio-technical elements as themes.

The results showed that the OS&H engineers and ergonomists in the network wanted to work more preventively in the future. To achieve this, they expressed needs for both theoretically based arguments and communication skills to convince clients about the benefits with this approach. Research based knowledge, practical experience and good examples were shared and reflected on with the purpose of integrating the new knowledge into daily practice. The dialogues at the meetings dealt mainly with topics at an organisation level rather than details and individual level. The dialogues focused on e.g. co-operation in teams within the OHS firms and with different stakeholders at the client companies, integration of OS&H management into existing processes, participation from early stages in design and change processes, the use of risk assessment tools and, finally, communication skills.

The co-operative inquiry method was suitable, as the network functioned as an arena for reflective learning.

Abstract [sv]

Arbetsmiljöförhållanden kan påverka individer, organisationer såväl som samhälle och de ekonomiska konsekvenserna kan bli omfattande. Arbetsgivaren är ansvarig för arbetsmiljön men ska anlita företagshälsovård (FHV) eller motsvarande om den egna kompetensen inte är tillräcklig. Därför är yrkeskompetens förprofessionerna inom FHV ett viktigt ämne eftersom de tjänster som levereras syftar till att bidra till en bra arbetsmiljö. Det fanns dock inte mycket forskning inom detta områdeoch det fanns ett behov av att belysa vilken yrkeskompetens som behövs inomFHV. Det fanns också behov av att hitta arenor för kunskapsutveckling och kunskapsspridning inom och mellan professioner som arbetar med FHV samt forskare.

Ett syfte med denna avhandling var att få en djupare kunskap och förståelse om yrkeskompetens gällande arbetsmiljöingenjörer och ergonomer som arbetar med FHV inom tillverkningssektorn. Ett annat syfte var att få erfarenheter av att använda metoden co-operative inquiry i ett lärande nätverk för FHV-professioner för att utveckla yrkeskompetens. Avhandlingen är baserad på två konferensbidrag och en artikel, alla med kvalitativ inriktning. I forskningen användes metoden co-operative inquiry för att driva ett lärande nätverk. Detta nätverk bestod av sammanlagt tio arbetsmiljöingenjörer och ergonomer anställda inom intern och extern FHV för tillverkningsföretag samt två forskare. Alla i nätverket agerade som medforskare i enlighet med metoden co-operative inquiry. Dialogerna på nätverksmötena analyserades med hjälp av tematisk analys där sex socio-tekniska element användes som teman.

Resultaten visade att nätverkets arbetsmiljöingenjörer och ergonomer ville arbeta mer förebyggande i framtiden. För att uppnå detta uttryckte de behov av både teoretiskt baserade argument och kommunikationsförmåga för att övertyga kunderna om fördelarna med detta förhållningssätt. Forskningsbaserad kunskap, praktiska erfarenheter och goda exempel delades och reflekterades över med syfte att integrera den nya kunskapen i dagligt arbete. Innehållet i dialogerna på mötena gällde främst ämnenpå organisationsnivå snarare än detaljer och på individuell nivå. Dialogerna rörde t.ex. samarbete i team inom FHV-företagen och med olika intressenter hos kundföretag, integration av hantering av arbetsmiljöfrågor i befintliga processer, deltagande från tidiga stadier i design- och förändringsprocesser, användning av riskbedömningsverktyg och slutligen kommunikationsförmåga.

Metoden co-operative inquiry var ändamålsenlig i det här fallet eftersom nätverket fungerade som en arena för reflektivtlärande.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018. p. 70
Series
TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2018:32
Keywords
Occupational Safety and Health, Work Environment, Ergonomics, Ergonomists, Occupational Safety and Health Engineers, Företagshälsovård, lärande nätverk, tillverkningsindustri, säkerhet och hälsa, arbetsmiljö, ergonomi, ergonom, arbetsmiljöingenjör
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Technology and Health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-234294 (URN)978-91-7729-927-1 (ISBN)
Presentation
2018-09-28, T53, Hälsovägen 11C, Flemingsberg, 14:00 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
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WIKIOSH
Funder
AFA Insurance, 130197
Note

QC 20180907

Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved

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