Operations social practices in safety and health at work

Operations social practices in safety and health at work PurposeStudying the gap between improvements in operational performance of a manufacturing organization does not necessarily represent the existent of safe and healthy work. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap validating a scale about social practices.Design/methodology/approachThe literature was studied; data analysis instrument and the scale validated by Q-sort. The reliability and validity of research instrument indicators were drawing from the analysis of judges. The data were assessed by convergence matrix.FindingsIt was validated five social practices factors. It was enabled the adequacy of the name of the constructs and establishment which indicators better convergence to the constructs.Research limitations/implicationsThe judge´s number that answered the research was low. The level of convergence related of two factors was above 50 percent.Practical implicationsIt is possible to achieve better levels of performance through social practices. Organizations must rethink the management and the routine of the workers to implement the operational practices.Social implicationsThe practices need to have with well-defined rules, as well as action to drive compliance. This vision also needs to be expanded to suppliers, customers and society.Originality/valueHighlight five points: technology is the main factor for analyzes and decisions; the search for quality leads organizations to seek practices that improve workers’ well-being, health and safety; the activities of the worker are carried out on the factory, or in the work environment; Should not to belittle the local community; culture is an essential factor to continuous improvement. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Revista de Gestão Emerald Publishing

Operations social practices in safety and health at work

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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2177-8736
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10.1108/REGE-11-2017-004
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PurposeStudying the gap between improvements in operational performance of a manufacturing organization does not necessarily represent the existent of safe and healthy work. The purpose of this paper is to fill this gap validating a scale about social practices.Design/methodology/approachThe literature was studied; data analysis instrument and the scale validated by Q-sort. The reliability and validity of research instrument indicators were drawing from the analysis of judges. The data were assessed by convergence matrix.FindingsIt was validated five social practices factors. It was enabled the adequacy of the name of the constructs and establishment which indicators better convergence to the constructs.Research limitations/implicationsThe judge´s number that answered the research was low. The level of convergence related of two factors was above 50 percent.Practical implicationsIt is possible to achieve better levels of performance through social practices. Organizations must rethink the management and the routine of the workers to implement the operational practices.Social implicationsThe practices need to have with well-defined rules, as well as action to drive compliance. This vision also needs to be expanded to suppliers, customers and society.Originality/valueHighlight five points: technology is the main factor for analyzes and decisions; the search for quality leads organizations to seek practices that improve workers’ well-being, health and safety; the activities of the worker are carried out on the factory, or in the work environment; Should not to belittle the local community; culture is an essential factor to continuous improvement.

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Revista de GestãoEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 15, 2018

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