Publication Details

This conference paper was originally published as Zanko, M & Dawson, P, Lost and found: social innovation and occupational health and safety in organizations, 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics jointly with the 12th International Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing (HAAMAHA), Las Vegas, US, 14-17 July 2008.


Despite the wealth of material on occupational health and safety (OHS) there remains an ongoing tragic toll on workers. Governments of the more industrialised economies have sought to address this problem through launching a raft of legislative changes. However, implementation of these mandates generally rests with management and whilst procedural regulations are broadly adhered to, more innovative solutions to OHS issues at work have been absent. In this paper we provide a brief overview of developments, debates and studies in OHS and through drawing on the concept of social innovation toward a more holistic organizational model of OHS management.