Opiniones de los delegados de prevención sobre su interacción con los trabajadores en un contexto de relaciones desiguales de poderun estudio cualitativo exploratorio en Barcelona

  1. L. Ollé Espluga
  2. M. Menéndez Fuster
  3. C. Muntaner
  4. J. Benach
  5. M. Vergara Duarte
  6. M. L. Vázquez
Archivos de prevención de riesgos laborales

ISSN: 1138-9672

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 18

Issue: 3

Pages: 159-161

Type: Article

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SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2015
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.135
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: Medicine (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 2324/2954


  • Social Sciences: C

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2015
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.3
  • Area: Medicine (all) Percentile: 14


The interaction between workers and safety representatives (SRs), a factor that determines SRs’ effectiveness, is an unexplored issue within occupational health research. We undertook a qualitative exploratory interpretativedescriptive study by means of semi-structured interviews with SRs from Barcelona (Spain) to analyze the SRs’ perspective on the interaction with workers and its determinants. Findings indicated that SRs’ interaction with workers is mainly limited to information processes and to identifying occupational hazards. Prominent factors determining this interaction are associated with the way SRs understand and carry out their role, the firm sector and size, and workers’ fear of dismissal, exacerbated by changes in the labour market and the current economic crisis. In conclusion, interaction with workers is influenced by a more prevalent technical-legal view of the SRs’ role and by unequal power relations between workers and management. Poor interaction with workers might lead to decreasing SRs’ effectiveness.