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Organisational safety

IRIS’ research on organisational security deals, in a broad sense, in the relationship between the organisation of work processes and security. We are concerned with how the organisation of work is both a way to deal with security and a source of risk. Key research topics in this field include internal organisational complexity, safety culture, employee participation, and the development of good and reliable measurement tools. 

Research findings: 
  • The questionnaire Trends in Risk Level in the Norwegian Petroleum Activity (RNNP) shows an overall picture of the employee’s assessment of the health, safety and environment conditions at the workplace within this industry. The overall assessment of trends in risk levels is that in certain areas the occupational health and safety climate has developed in a negative direction. A negative trend can be seen in the variables that indicate that the prioritisation of occupational health and safety is not being valued as highly in 2015 as it was in the previous survey conducted in 2013. Among other things, it was pointed out that staffing to ensure that occupational health and safety in the workplace is properly safeguarded is insufficient to a greater extent, and that production considerations take precedence over considerations of occupational health and safety to a greater extent in relation to 2013. Despite the negative changes in the occupational health and safety climate, perceived risk does not seem to have increased to any significant degree since 2013. Project: RNNP, funded by Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)
     
  • Phase Two of the project for Husbanken/The Norwegian State Housing Bank shows that strategies that are to contribute to the coordination between agencies and entities within the public sector, are challenged by various types of distances between the organisations. We see that cognitive distance, in forms of of varying interpretations of the areas of responsibility, cause challenges to arise and provide differing degrees of priority from the participants. At the regional level, we find that the Norwegian State Housing Bank does not have sufficient authority to be able to ensure their co-ordination role alone. In those regions where the Norwegian State Housing Bank has allied itself with the county governor (county administration), we see that this establishes an authority that is sufficient to enable the other agencies to more readily adapt to the coordination. This is an example of what we refer to as structural distance. Somewhat surprisingly, it appears that the geographical distance is the type of distance which hampers the coordination to the least extent. Increased communication using video conferencing/Skype is an instrument that has contributed to reducing coordination challenges related to geographic distance. Project: Inhibitors and inducers for coordination, funded by Husbanken/The Norwegian State Housing Bank