Interdisciplinary research for occupational safety and health knowledge


Pink S, Waterson P, Dainty A, Cheyne A, Haslam R, Gibb A, Morgan J, Hartley R, Finneran A & Bust P (2016) Interdisciplinary research for occupational safety and health knowledge. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 14 (1), pp. 22-33.

In this article, we argue for an interdisciplinary and pluralistic account of how occupational safety and health (OSH) is enacted in practice, informed by a critical understanding of OSH management and flow knowledge in organizations. We compare how in human factors and ergonomics, organization studies, and safety science this question is approached through different theoretical ‘lenses’, and with different analytical consequences. These approaches work with different concepts (systems, practices and behaviours) that situate human agency, and possibilities for practical intervention differently. To demonstrate this we draw on interdisciplinary research in to ‘Management of OSH in Networked Systems’, showing how mobilizing the concept of knowledge through different disciplinary frameworks can have implications for understanding safe working in networked organizations.

Occupational safety and health knowledge; interdisciplinarity; highly networked organizations

Policy and Practice in Health and Safety: Volume 14, Issue 1

FundersLoughborough University
Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online28/10/2016
Date accepted by journal09/09/2016