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Document ID (ISN)111803
CIS number 11-0585
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bevan A., Houdmont J., Menear N.
Title The management standards indicator tool and the estimation of risk
Bibliographic information Oct. 2010, Vol.60, No.7, p.525-531. 24 ref.
Abstract The indicator tool of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) in the United Kingdom offers a measure of exposure to psychosocial work conditions that may be linked to stress-related outcomes. The HSE recommends that indicator tool data should be used as a basis for discussions concerned with the identification of psychosocial work conditions that might warrant prioritization for intervention. However, operational constraints may render discussions difficult to convene and when they do occur, the absence of information on risks associated with exposures can make it difficult to identify intervention priorities. The objective of this study was to examine the utility of the indicator tool for the identification of a manageable number of psychosocial work conditions as intervention candidates and to assess whether administration of a measure of stress-related outcomes alongside the indicator tool can facilitate the identification of intervention priorities. One thousand and thirty-eight employees in the London region of the Prison Service completed the indicator tool and a measure of psychological well-being. Odds ratios were calculated to estimate the risk of impairment to well-being associated with exposure to psychosocial work conditions. The indicator tool identified 34 psychosocial work conditions as warranting improvement. Intervention priority was given to those working conditions that were both reported to be poor by ≥50% of respondents and associated with risk of impairment to well-being. This method allowed for the identification of four areas for priority intervention.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; psychology of work organization; prison services; stress factors; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) psychology and sociology; questionnaire survey; reliability; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Psychology of work organization
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces