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Title: Facilitators and barriers to the protection and promotion of the health and safety of older workers
Authors: Drake, Carolyn M.
Haslam, Roger
Haslam, Cheryl
Keywords: Occupational health and safety
Ageing and older worker
Employer support
Age-related capabilities
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor and Frances
Citation: DRAKE, C.M., HASLAM, R. and HASLAM, C., 2017. Facilitators and barriers to the protection and promotion of the health and safety of older workers. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 15(1), pp. 4-18.
Abstract: © 2017 Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Individuals may experience health issues or physical, sensory or psychological capability changes related to ageing. With the removal of the default retirement age in the UK, older workers can remain in work well into later life. Health and safety statistics, however, indicate that they are a vulnerable group. Older workers have much to contribute, but employers have a responsibility to examine the working environment to protect those with reduced capabilities. This article reviews two qualitative studies examining the facilitators and barriers to implementing age management strategies to promote the health and safety of older workers. The findings reveal that employers are uncertain how to proceed with implementing actions to protect older workers. Discussions with older workers reveal they do not feel supported or engaged. They are fearful of reporting any capability changes that may affect their ability to perform work tasks as they believe this may have negative consequences for their future employment. A co-ordinated multi-disciplinary approach between human resources, operational management, health and safety specialists and occupational health functions is required.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 19th Feb 2018.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/14773996.2017.1289453
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26031
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14773996.2017.1289453
ISSN: 1477-3996
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