Influences on small firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety.

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Owen, R., James, P., Smallbone, D. and Vickers, I. 2006. Influences on small firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 24 (6), pp. 827-846. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0564
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TitleInfluences on small firm compliance-related behaviour: the case of workplace health and safety.
AuthorsOwen, R., James, P., Smallbone, D. and Vickers, I.
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The authors investigate the relative roles of a number of influences on workplace health and safety in small firms and, more specifically, the adoption of compliance-related improvement measures. From findings drawn from a survey of over a thousand British small enterprises, marked variations in firm behaviour with respect to health and safety were found, underlining the heterogeneity of small firms in this respect, and the way such behaviour reflects their varied contexts. Factors identified as being particularly associated with a propensity to make compliance-related improvements were: regulatory enforcement activity, use of external assistance with respect to health and safety issues, enterprise size and growth performance, management training and experience, and membership of trade or business associations. Although, as a group, ethnic-minority businesses were found to be neither more or less likely to make improvements of this type compared with their white-owned counterparts, detailed analysis revealed that such variations did exist between individual ethnic groupings; variations that are themselves seen to reflect a number of factors, particularly the employment size and sectoral context. Primarily the authors conclude that inspections on the part of regulatory officials are the most important influence, although there is some scope for more innovative approaches to encouraging compliance-related improvements.

Research GroupCentre for Enterprise, Environment and Development Research (CEEDR)
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
ISSN0263-774X
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Deposited28 Nov 2008
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1068/c0564
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North, D. and Owen, R. 2010. Follow-up research into mid-cap business having difficulty raising bank finance. London Middlesex University.
Mystery shopping the early stages of the Business Link service
North, D. and Owen, R. 2009. Mystery shopping the early stages of the Business Link service. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills..
Approaches to measuring the scale of the social enterprise sector in the UK
Lyon, F., Teasdale, S. and Owen, R. 2010. Approaches to measuring the scale of the social enterprise sector in the UK. Birmingham Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.
Early assessment of the impact of BIS equity fund initiatives
North, D., Owen, R., Ekanem, I., Lewis, A. and CEEDR 2010. Early assessment of the impact of BIS equity fund initiatives. London Middlesex University.
Is there a debt finance gap relating to Scottish SMEs? A demand-side perspective
North, D., Owen, R. and Ekanem, I. 2010. Is there a debt finance gap relating to Scottish SMEs? A demand-side perspective. Venture Capital. 12 (3), pp. 173-192. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691061003658670
SMEs in a low carbon economy: final report for BERR enterprise directorate.
Vickers, I., Vaze, P., Corr, L., Kasparova, E., Lyon, F. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2009. SMEs in a low carbon economy: final report for BERR enterprise directorate. London Department for Business, Innovation & Skills..
Ethnic minority enterprise: policy in practice.
Ram, M., Smallbone, D., Owen, R., Ekanem, I. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2001. Ethnic minority enterprise: policy in practice. Small Business Service..
Review of the enterprise promotion fund
Vickers, I., Owen, R., Etherington, D., North, D. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2006. Review of the enterprise promotion fund. Small Business Service..
Cultural influences on health and safety attitudes and behaviour in small firms.
Vickers, I., Owen, R., Smallbone, D., James, P., Ekanem, I., Bertotti, M. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2003. Cultural influences on health and safety attitudes and behaviour in small firms. London Health & Safety Executive Research Report, HSE Books.
Public service sectors in rural England.
North, D., Lyon, F., Ramsden, M., Owen, R. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2004. Public service sectors in rural England. Cheltenham Commission for Rural Communities.
Evaluation of the deprived urban post office fund.
North, D., Vickers, I., Owen, R., Ekanem, I. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2005. Evaluation of the deprived urban post office fund. London Office of the Deputy Prime Minister..
Types and impacts of BME businesses
Lyon, F., Owen, R., McPherson, M., Ekanem, I., Ellis, C., Bertotti, M., Sepulveda Ramirez, L., Oyelere, M. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2007. Types and impacts of BME businesses. South East England Development Agency.
Local alchemy in the East Midlands
Vickers, I. 2007. Local alchemy in the East Midlands. in: North, D., Syrett, S. and Etherington, D. (ed.) Political devolution, regional governance and tackling deprivation York, UK Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Policy support for R and D in SMEs: the UK government’s SMART award scheme.
Smallbone, D., North, D., Vickers, I. and McCarthy, I. 2000. Policy support for R and D in SMEs: the UK government’s SMART award scheme. in: During, W., Oakey, R. and Kipling, M. (ed.) New technology-based firms at the turn of the century. Oxford Pergamon. pp. 143-159
SMEs and the innovative capability of regions: London’s Lee Valley region in a European context
North, D., Smallbone, D. and Vickers, I. 2003. SMEs and the innovative capability of regions: London’s Lee Valley region in a European context. in: Kirby, D. and Watson, A. (ed.) Small firms and economic development in developed and transition economies: a reader Aldershot Ashgate.
Interventions to tackle the economic needs of deprived areas: analysis of six policy case studies.
North, D., Syrett, S., Etherington, D., Vickers, I. and CEEDR (Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research) 2007. Interventions to tackle the economic needs of deprived areas: analysis of six policy case studies. York Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Access to bank finance for Scottish SMEs.
North, D., Owen, R., Deakins, D. and Whittam, G. 2008. Access to bank finance for Scottish SMEs. Belfast Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
From crisis manager to strategic partner: the changing role of four london boroughs in economic regeneration.
North, D. and Owen, R. 2000. From crisis manager to strategic partner: the changing role of four london boroughs in economic regeneration. Town Planning Review. 71 (4), pp. 435-454.
Regional technology initiatives: some insights from the English regions
Vickers, I. and North, D. 2000. Regional technology initiatives: some insights from the English regions. European Planning Studies. 8 (3), pp. 301-318. https://doi.org/10.1080/713666413
Policy support for small firms in rural areas: the English experience
Smallbone, D., Owen, R. and North, D. 2003. Policy support for small firms in rural areas: the English experience. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 21 (6), pp. 825-841. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0316
Regulating health and safety in small firms.
Smallbone, D., Vickers, I., James, P. and Owen, R. 2005. Regulating health and safety in small firms. in: Gray, C. and Bannock, G. (ed.) Government regulation and the small firm Milton Keynes, UK Open University Business School.
The implications of new technology for the skill and training needs of small and medium-sized printing firms
Smallbone, D., Supri, S. and Owen, R. 2000. The implications of new technology for the skill and training needs of small and medium-sized printing firms. Education and training. 42 (4), pp. 299-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/00400910010347768
Bridging the gap in support for ethnic minority owned business: the case of Devon and Cornwall
Owen, R. and Smallbone, D. 2003. Bridging the gap in support for ethnic minority owned business: the case of Devon and Cornwall. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 10 (1), pp. 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626000310461204
The role and characteristics of SMEs.
Smallbone, D., North, D. and Vickers, I. 2003. The role and characteristics of SMEs. in: Asheim, B. (ed.) Regional innovation policy for small-medium enterprises. Cheltenham Edward Elgar.
Social enterprise and the environment: a review of the literature
Vickers, I. 2010. Social enterprise and the environment: a review of the literature. Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham.
Better regulation and enterprise: the case of environmental health risk regulation in Britain
Vickers, I. 2008. Better regulation and enterprise: the case of environmental health risk regulation in Britain. Policy Studies. 29 (2), pp. 215-232. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442870802033514
Transferring Western HRM practices to developing countries: the case of a privatised utility in Jordan
Baddar Al-Husan, F., Brennan, R. and James, P. 2009. Transferring Western HRM practices to developing countries: the case of a privatised utility in Jordan. Personnel Review. 38 (2), pp. 104-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483480910931299
Local area agreements and local economic development
Syrett, S., North, D., Owen, R., Etherington, D., Engelbert, S. and CEEDR 2009. Local area agreements and local economic development. London Department for Communities and Local Government.
Modernising work in public services: redefining roles and relationships in Britain's changing workplace
Dibben, P., Wood, G., Roper, I. and James, P. 2007. Modernising work in public services: redefining roles and relationships in Britain's changing workplace. Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan.
Involving the socially excluded in transport decision making
Dibben, P., James, P. and Roper, I. 2004. Involving the socially excluded in transport decision making. Local governance. 30 (1), pp. 32-41.
Compulsory or not compulsory: the use of competition in British local government.
Higgins, P., James, P. and Roper, I. 2004. Compulsory or not compulsory: the use of competition in British local government. Asia pacific journal of public administration. 26 (2), pp. 95-114.
Targeted support for high-growth start-ups: some policy issues
Owen, R., Burgess, S. and Smallbone, D. 2002. Targeted support for high-growth start-ups: some policy issues. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 20 (2), pp. 195-209. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0049
An investigation into the compatibility of consultation and performance comparison in the UK's policy of best value
Higgins, P., Roper, I. and James, P. 2005. An investigation into the compatibility of consultation and performance comparison in the UK's policy of best value. International Journal of Consumer Studies. 29 (2) (2), pp. 148-158. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1470-6431.2004.00423.x
Best value: is it delivering?
Higgins, P., James, P. and Roper, I. 2004. Best value: is it delivering? Public Money & Management. 24 (4), pp. 251-258. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9302.2004.00427.x
Innovation and the use of technology in manufacturing plants and SMEs: an interregional study
Vickers, I., North, D., Smallbone, D. and Roper, S. 2003. Innovation and the use of technology in manufacturing plants and SMEs: an interregional study. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 21 (1), pp. 37-52. https://doi.org/10.1068/c0218
Understanding small firm responses to regulation: the case of workplace health and safety
Vickers, I., Smallbone, D., James, P. and Owen, R. 2005. Understanding small firm responses to regulation: the case of workplace health and safety. Policy Studies. 26 (2), pp. 149-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/01442870500127626
Workplace partnership and public service provision: the case of the 'Best Value' performance regime in British local government
Roper, I., Higgins, P. and James, P. 2005. Workplace partnership and public service provision: the case of the 'Best Value' performance regime in British local government. Work, Employment and Society. 19 (3), pp. 639-649. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017005055677
Promoting family friendly policies: is the basis of the Government's ethical standpoint viable?
Roper, I., Cunningham, I. and James, P. 2003. Promoting family friendly policies: is the basis of the Government's ethical standpoint viable? Personnel Review. 32 (2), pp. 211-230. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483480310460225
Public sector support for innovating SMEs
North, D., Smallbone, D. and Vickers, I. 2001. Public sector support for innovating SMEs. Small Business Economics. 16 (4), pp. 303-317. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011164801073
Access to finance by ethnic minority businesses in the UK
Owen, R., Deakins, D., Ram, M. and Smallbone, D. 2003. Access to finance by ethnic minority businesses in the UK. International Small Business Journal. 21 (3), pp. 291-314. https://doi.org/10.1177/02662426030213003
The use of external sources of health and safety information and advice: the case of small firms
Vickers, I., Smallbone, D. and Owen, R. 2004. The use of external sources of health and safety information and advice: the case of small firms. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 2 (1), pp. 91-104.
Shaping the bargaining agenda. The Audit Commission and public service reform in British local government
Roper, I., Higgins, P. and James, P. 2007. Shaping the bargaining agenda. The Audit Commission and public service reform in British local government. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 18 (9), pp. 1589-1607. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585190701570650
The role of competition in best value: how far does it differ to CCT?
Higgins, P., Roper, I. and James, P. 2005. The role of competition in best value: how far does it differ to CCT? Local Government Studies. 31 (2), pp. 219-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/03003930500032148
Reshaping London's economic governance: the role of the London Development Agency
Syrett, S. and Owen, R. 2003. Reshaping London's economic governance: the role of the London Development Agency. European Urban and Regional Studies. 10 (1), pp. 69-86. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969776403010001323
Governing London: challenges for the new economic governance
Syrett, S., Owen, R., Middlesex University. Regional Regeneration Research Programme. and CEEDR 2001. Governing London: challenges for the new economic governance. in: Syrett, S. and Owen, R. (ed.) Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city London Middlesex University Press. pp. 48-160
Changing times, changing styles: new forms of economic governance in London
Syrett, S., Owen, R., Middlesex University. Regional Regeneration Research Programme. and CEEDR 2001. Changing times, changing styles: new forms of economic governance in London. in: Syrett, S. and Owen, R. (ed.) Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city London Middlesex University Press. pp. 1-22
Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city
Syrett, S., Owen, R., Middlesex University. Regional Regeneration Research Programme. and CEEDR 2001. Governing London: competitiveness and regeneration in a global city. London. Middlesex University Press.
Cleaner production: organisational learning or business as usual? An example from the domestic appliance industry
Vickers, I. 2000. Cleaner production: organisational learning or business as usual? An example from the domestic appliance industry. Business Strategy and the Environment. 9 (4), pp. 255-268. https://doi.org/10.1002/1099-0836(200007/08)9:4<255::AID-BSE252>3.0.CO;2-A