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Principles and concepts in Nordic occupational safety and health policies

Dimensions of strategic thinking and approaches

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Second corrected edition. The Nordic countries have a close co-operation in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH). The objective of this study is to compare OSH policies in the Nordic countries in relation to the Nordic co-operation programme and strategies of the EU as well. The study was conducted through a qualitative content analysis of the strategies or corresponding programmes. The policies were analysed from the point of view of different themes and dimensions. The study shows that the strategies or programmes emphasise quite different viewpoints. The state has a different role in these programmes, which results in different cultures regarding the OSH policy practices and their development. The report shows interesting differences in the strategic approaches in the Nordic countries. Some of these differences have not been clearly shown and explained before.

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Results and conclusions

What kind of thinking guides the working environment strategies/programs and what are their noticeable dimensions in each Nordic country and in the European Union? The European Union’s Strategy on Health and Safety at Work 2002–2006 is as follows

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