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Temporary safety. Regulating working conditions in temporary agency work

Journal article
Authors Pille Strauss-Raats
Published in Safety Science
Volume 112
Pages 213-222
ISSN 0925-7535
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Centre for Global Human Resource Management
Pages 213-222
Language en
Keywords Comparative case study, Economic pressures, Employment regulation, Occupational health and safety, OHS, PDR model, Poland, Regulatory failure, Sweden, Temporary agency work, Temporary staffing, Work disorganization, Health, Industrial hygiene, Occupational risks
Subject categories Occupational medicine, Work Sciences


This comparative case study investigates how regulatory frameworks of temporary agency work shape occupational health and safety at workplace level. Research is framed by Pressures-Disorganization-Regulatory Failure (PDR) model explaining workplace level occupational health and safety outcomes through economical, work organizational and regulatory factors. Two cases of using temporary agency work in manufacturing are compared within one multinational company in two contrasting EU regulatory regimes: Sweden and Poland. Workplace level practices relating to occupational health and safety of temporary agency work are explored through empirical evidence from interviews, documents and on-site observations. Results illustrate how workplace level practices that impact health and safety are overwhelmingly shaped by economic pressures and suggests a hierarchical relationship between the factors of PDR model, with economic pressures and work disorganization moderating the effect of regulatory failure. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

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