July 05, 2014

KBAM–OSH in SMEs

When I prepared for PMA for the occupational health and safety in asset management, cosidering WaveRiders is a SME, I found some obstacles for SME to implement OSH management. Surprisingly, the biggest obstacle is management instead of finanacial factor, I was shocked since management style, leadership and organizational culture seems vague but it served as solutions for many questions.

Then I recalled that while I was working, some of our suppliers are SMEs in China or in other developing countries, SMEs' resources are not as many as big organizations, and the employees themselves if they are not equipped with the knowledge and awareness of the OSH, OSH is just acting while the goverment or authorities performed inspections. I do agree the organizational structure is flat in SMES, therefore management are overworked and often not sure the extent of OSH in their organization and how to improve. The articles I read suggest that employees' involvement will reduce the workload of the management and effectively performed the OSH practices. The role and responsibility of the management is to create the culture and lead their employees to aware and participate by providing them resources.

However, considering most organizations in China and Taiwan are SMEs, I do think government should provide a department to offer either the information or resurces for SMEs' need to enhance OSH in organizations since most of the people are working in SMEs. The reason is most people in SMEs may not all economically disadvntaged, but SMEs may not have complete unions functions like large organiations, therefore, supports for SMEs may include coping with the inquiry SMEs' having for OSH, suggesting which training or insoection based on individual needs and possible funding sources, these supports should not limit for the company but also provided for the individual employees who need.

 


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