Measuring enterprise proactiveness in managing occupational safety

Hans H. K. Sønderstrup-Andersen, Thomas Fløcke, Kim Lyngby Mikkelsen, Christian Roepstorff

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The aim of this paper is to communicate results, and lessons learned, from developing and applying a national questionnaire based survey for measuring the initiation of occupational safety activities in Danish enterprises and public institutions1. The survey is cross-sectional and it is part of the general working environment surveillance system in Denmark. The current survey has a response rate of app. 76% (N=6423) at enterprise level. An investigation of the validity of measurements obtained with three different indices has been carried out. The survey shows that through a 5 year period there has been a statistically significant improvement in the use of work place assessments (WPA) among private enterprises and public institutions. A further result is that the smallest companies obtained the lowest score on the knowledge and proactivity indices, while they obtained the highest score on the safety attitude index.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSafety Science Monitor
Issue number1
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Occupational health
  • Survey

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