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Table H.1.6. Study #6: Pearse, W. Club Zero: Implementing OHSMS in small to medium fabricated metal product companies, Journal of Occupational Health & Safety

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    Australia & New Zealand. 2002; 18(4): 347-356. Research Question: The Club Zero project was designed to provide information about how suitable OHSMSs

were for smaller companies. There were 2 objectives: 1) to trial an approach for implementing OHSMS in a network of companies 2) to evaluate effectiveness of the OHSMS in improving the management of OHS in the companies involved in the study.

Experimental Design: BEFORE-AFTER STUDY

At baseline, each company completed a self-administered survey about their OHS management; companies were rank ordered on basis of this survey. Guidelines were created and given to them, and networking began. The companies had 6 months to implement and develop their OHSMS. After 6 months, the companies were audited. Recommendations were made for improvements. After another 6-8 months, the audit was repeated.

Sample Characteristics:

INDUSTRY: Fabricated metal product companies. SAMPLE SIZE: 20 companies in southwest Sydney, Australia recruited; but 16 left at follow-up. WORKPLACE SIZE: 6 had 5-9 employees; 4 had 20-99 employees; 6 had >100. Of the latter group, 1 company had 350 employees and had been included because it was an “industry leader”. OCCUPATIONS: not reported. SAMPLING METHOD: Convenience sampling - through mail-outs, word of mouth and cold-calling. About 60 companies were contacted, leading to 20 willing to participate. Authors have not analyzed how representative these companies are of other metal companies in the area, but in conclusions note that only companies which had prior commitment to change joined the project in the first place.

Maintenance of Sample:

80% follow-up over 27 months: 20 recruited however, 4 were lost to follow-up (1 bankrupt, 1 moved to Thailand, 1 takeover, 1 undisclosed)


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