Managing preventive occupational health and safety activities in Danish enterprises during a period of financial crisis

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The onset of the financial crisis in 2008 has put pressure on enterprises that in turn have downsized and reorganized. Research has shown that economic recession has an effect on psychological and behavioral health that is attributed to working environment problems. The objective of this study is to unravel whether the onset of a general economic recession has had an impact on companies’ and public institutions’ preventive occupational health and safety activities. Hypotheses of the role of pro-cyclical and countercyclical effects are presented. This study is based on a survey of enterprise preventive occupational health safety activities. The baseline for the survey was established, in 2006 before the onset of the recession, with a follow up in 2011. Findings are discussed that support both the pro-cyclical and the countercyclical hypotheses. It is concluded that there is a need for a special focus on the management of preventive workplace health and safety activities in enterprises during a period of economic recession.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSafety Science
Pages (from-to)294-301
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Psychosocial working environment
  • Work accidents
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Preventive actions
  • Survey
  • Pro-cyclical
  • Countercyclical
  • Economic recession
  • Financial crisis effects

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