'Flexible' Work Practices and Occupational Safety and Health: Exploring the Relationship between Cumulative Trauma Disorders and Workplace Transformation

PERI Working Paper No. 30

35 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2002

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Mark D. Brenner

University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics

David Fairris

University of California, Riverside (UCR) - Department of Economics

John W. Ruser

Government of the United States of America - Office of Productivity and Technology

Date Written: August 2001

Abstract

This paper matches establishment-level data on workplace transformation (e.g., quality circles, work teams, and just-in-time production) with measures of cumulative trauma disorders at these same establishments to explore the relationship between 'flexible' workplace practices and workplace health and safety. The results reveal a positive, statistically significant, and quantitatively sizeable relationship between cumulative trauma disorders and the use of quality circles and just-in-time production.

Suggested Citation

Brenner, Mark D. and Fairris, David and Ruser, John W., 'Flexible' Work Practices and Occupational Safety and Health: Exploring the Relationship between Cumulative Trauma Disorders and Workplace Transformation (August 2001). PERI Working Paper No. 30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=333762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.333762

Mark D. Brenner (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Department of Economics ( email )

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David Fairris

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