Occupational health and safety in small businesses

Recent international research in small businesses suggests that relatively poor OHS management and outcomes in comparison to larger businesses could be attributed to characteristics typical of small businesses. Some of the characteristics of small businesses make it more difficult for them to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Those working in small businesses in New Zealand and overseas are generally more frequently exposed to hazardous situations and suffer more work-related injuries and illnesses than those working in larger businesses. The magnitude of exposure to OHS risks amongst the small business workforce in New Zealand is unknown but is likely to be high and greater than that in larger enterprises.



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