Occupational health and safety management in municipal waste companies: A note on the Italian sector

Massimo Battaglia, Emilio Passetti, Marco Frey

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Abstract

The environmental hygiene sector is a high risk industry in terms of the public health and safety of employees. This study analyses the level of maturity of the occupational health and safety (OHS) manage-ment system in municipal waste companies in Italy. The results show that the training and involvement of employees and operational activities are the most developed aspects, while OHS policy and perfor-mance measurements need further improvement. Overall companies have a sufficiently developed level of maturity in terms of their OHS management system. An analysis of contextual factors reveals that organisational factors are more correlated with the OHS management system maturity level than exter-nal factors. Companies located in the south of Italy have a low level of maturity in terms of OHS manage-ment. Audits by public authorities exercise a punitive role and legislative pressure is not considered by all the companies as a key factor in OHS development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalSafety Science
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • environmental hygiene sector
  • health and safety management

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