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HRM Lecture (4) - Chapter 5 Employee health and safety...

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Chapter 5 Employee health and safety CHAPTER OVERVIEW Chapter 5 emphasizes that to follow the logic of the human resource management (HRM) model, employers and managers need to provide a safe and healthy workplace for the human assets. After examining the role of health and safety in the workplace and the development of health and safety legislation, the chapter discusses selected health and safety hazards and issues facing human resource (HR) managers and non-managers. In the light of EU initiatives, details on how HR professionals can be more proactive in the area of occupational health and safety are provided. Chapter objectives: After studying this chapter, you should be able to: 1. Explain the benefits of a healthy and safe workplace. 2. Discuss some key developments in health and safety 3. Describe the major regulatory frame work surrounding workplace health and safety 4. Describe some physical and psychosocial hazards in the modern workplace 5. Evaluate different management strategies for health and safety at work CHAPTER OUTLINE Introduction In Beer et als. 1984 HRM model, it is acknowledged that work systems can have long term consequences for employees’ well-being, (see Figure 1. 5). Management of health and safety is determined by internal and external factors including, economic costs, government regulations, trade unions, and public opinion. Health and safety and HRM The employer has a duty to maintain a healthy and safe workplace. Health and safety affects elements in the HRM cycle: selection, appraisal, rewards, and training see, for example see figure 1.4. [Type text]
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Employers, workers and their organizations have changed their approach to health and safety from (a) Traditional-“careless worker” model to (b) HRM-“shared responsibility” model and as far as the trade unions are concerned, to (c) “employer” responsibility model.
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