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Document ID (ISN)112073
CIS number 11-0640
ISSN - Serial title 0168-8510 - Health Policy
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Iavicoli S., Natali E., Deitinger P., Rondinone B.M., Ertel M., Jain A., Leka S.
Title Occupational health and safety policy and psychosocial risks in Europe: The role of stakeholders' perceptions
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.101, p.87-94. 34 ref.
Internet access Occupational_health_and_safety_policy.pdf [in English]
Abstract Across Europe, there appear to be wide gaps in perception between experts and the general population on the nature and the relevance of psychosocial risks. This study investigated the level of knowledge among European stakeholders of legislation on occupational safety and health, focusing particularly on psychosocial risk factors. 75 members of employers' associations, trade unions and government institutions from 21 countries in the European Union participated in the study. In addition, to further elaborate the findings of the survey, focus groups were organised during a 2-day workshop. The level of application of European Directive 89/391 (see CIS 89-1401) for the assessment and management of psychosocial risks and work-related stress was largely reported by the stakeholders as inadequate. This opinion was more marked in the new EU27 countries than the older EU15, and the difference was significant as regards the impact of the Directive on the assessment and management of psychosocial risks. Overall, psychosocial risks and work-related stress were reported to be important occupational safety and health concerns; however there were important differences among stakeholders in different countries.
Descriptors (primary) European Union; occupational safety and health; psychology and sociology; stress factors; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; survey; role of government; role of employers' organizations; role of workers' organizations; comment on directive
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Administration, legislation
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Framework legislation
Psychosocial factors and the role of management