Supply chain leverage and regulating health and safety management in shipping

David Walters, Philip James, Helen Sampson, Syamantak Bhattacharya, Conghua Xue, Emma Wadsworth

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    Seafaring is a hazardous occupation and the industry’s complexity and
    globalization make its governance and regulation challenging. One way in
    which such challenges might be addressed is through an increased focus
    on the effects of business processes such as those within supply chain
    relations. This paper seeks to understand the role and significance of
    supply chain leverage in promoting health and safety management at sea,
    the institutional contexts in which such leverage occurs and under which
    circumstances it is effective. It draws on findings from a research project
    examining the views of seafarers and their managers on what drives the
    implementation of occupational health and safety (OHS) management
    arrangements in two shipping sectors. Essentially, these findings show
    that under certain conditions, supply chain relations are useful in helping
    to support the implementation of arrangements for OHS management on
    merchant vessels. However, such leverage is most likely to be effective when
    it operates within a wider institutional framework in which public regulation
    and its surveillance by regulatory authorities remain a key element.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-56
    JournalRelations Industrielles/Industrial Relations
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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