Occupational health and safety issues affecting worker performance in Omani industries

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Abstract

Occupational health and safety (OHS) are often neglected in industries, especially in small and medium industries. Investing on OHS is considered a cost rather than investment due to lack of knowledge, personnel and resource constraints. A healthy workforce and a safe workplace could positively affect worker performance. Improving OHS and worker performance are major concerns of industries, especially in developing countries. Application of Ergonomics or Human Factors Engineering in industries has been found to improve occupational health and safety and worker productivity. This has both direct and indirect effects on overall performance of an industry. Although the application has gained significant momentum in the developed countries, it remains largely unaware in the developing countries. The application of ergonomics to improve OHS and worker productivity needs to be investigated in the Sultanate of Oman. The main objectives of this research are to: (1) study the current OHS regulations, practices, and data in industries, (2) identify and assess occupational health and safety issues and worker performance, (3) develop ergonomics strategies to improve OHS, (4) implement these strategies in participating industries, (5)evaluate the effects of the interventions, (6) correlate OSH and worker performance, and (7) developOHS guidelines for Omani industries. Oman can significantly benefit from this research, as it has investigated current status of OHS and worker productivity, ways to improve OHS and worker productivity and implement improvement strategies in industries. In the long run, OHS regulations and guidelines will be in place, industries will be in compliance with national and international standards and these will make Omani industries more productive and competitive in the region and globally. A detailed in depth study has been completed in SME's in Oman. Besides that a separate pilot study has been done on productivity determinants of construction industries in Oman. Also major workforce in Omani MSE's (Omani male, female and Bangladeshi Male) anthropometric data has been developed during the study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016
PublisherIEOM Society
Number of pages1
Volume8-10 March 2016
ISBN (Print)9780985549749
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Mar 8 2016Mar 10 2016

Other

Other6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period3/8/163/10/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Khadem, M. (2016). Occupational health and safety issues affecting worker performance in Omani industries. In 6th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management in Kuala Lumpur, IEOM 2016 (Vol. 8-10 March 2016). IEOM Society.