Saf Health Work.  2021 Mar;12(1):28-34. 10.1016/

Safety Management in Norwegian Fish Farming: Current Status, Challenges, and Further Improvements

  • 1SINTEF Ocean, PO Box 4762 Torgarden, 7465, Trondheim, Norway
  • 2NTNU Social Research, 7491, Trondheim, Norway
  • 3Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, 7491, Trondheim, Norway


Safety management is required to ensure health and safety of personnel in Norwegian fish farming. However, few studies have addressed the status and practical relevance of this risk-reducing measure.
This article provides new knowledge through interviews with 35 employees at different company levels, addressing perceptions of various safety management activities according to managers and operational personnel.
The interviews show that managers and operational personnel at fish farms agree that the quantity of measures aimed to improve safety has increased in recent years. However, some activities are perceived to have higher practical relevance than others. In general, measures that fit well with the practical reality are well received by the employees at the fish farms.
Suggested improvements include involving operational personnel in the design of procedures, considering all risk dimensions that may affect occupational health and safety, and challenging the value of specific safety activities based on a detailed knowledge of the distinctive characteristics of work practice in fish farming.


Aquaculture; Fish farming; Occupational health and safety; Safety management
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