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Jounila, H., Reiman, A., Laine, J., Kauppila, O. (2020) HSEQ AT SHARED INDUSTRIAL WORKPLACES: EXPERIENCES FROM COLLABORATION ON SUPPLIER AUDITS. International Journal for Quality Research, 14 (1), 65-78.

HSEQ at shared industrial workplaces : experiences from collaboration on supplier audits

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Author: Jounila, Henri1; Reiman, Arto1; Laine, Janne1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: University of Kragujevac, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-13


The trend of outsourcing in industries has led to a situation in which various service providers are working at industrial sites. Managing such complex multi-employer worksites is a challenge. This study introduces a collaboration procedure for supplier audits in the context of integrated health, safety, environment, and quality management by large Finnish industrial buyers. A supplier-audit database is analyzed and supplemented by interviews with the buyers. Altogether, 456 audit observations are categorized in seven thematic areas to introduce what kinds of development areas suppliers have. With regard to the collaborative nature of the procedure, the benefits from the buyers’ side were identified from the interviews. Cluster collaboration has proven advantageous in financial savings, objective assessments, and supplier development.

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Series: International journal for quality research
ISSN: 1800-6450
ISSN-E: 1800-7473
ISSN-L: 1800-6450
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 65 - 78
DOI: 10.24874/IJQR14.01-05
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This research was funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund. Grant number: 117148.
Copyright information: This journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.