Strategies to improve the implementation of workplace-based policies or practices targeting tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity

Implementation strategies are meant to improve the adoption and integration of evidence-based health interventions into routine policies and practices within specific settings.
This review examined whether using these strategies improved the implementation of policies and practices in the workplace promoting:
•Healthy eating
•Physical activity
•Weight control
•Tobacco cessation
•Prevention of risky alcohol consumption
The review authors also wanted to know if these strategies changed employees' health behaviours, caused any unintended effects, and were good value for money.
Workplaces are a good setting for programmes that aim to improve health-related behaviours like diet, physical activity and tobacco use, as adults spend a long time at work each day. However, these kinds of workplace-based interventions are often poorly implemented, limiting their potential impact on employee health. Identifying strategies that are effective in improving the implementation of workplace-based interventions has the potential to increase their impact on chronic disease prevention. Examples may include a workplace healthy catering policy, employee gym membership subsidies, or tobacco control policies.

Source: Wolfenden, L., Goldman, S., Stacey, F.G., Grady, A., Kingsland, M., Williams, ... Yoong, S.L. (2018). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
10.1002/14651858.CD012439.pub2

Workplace bullying among employees in Germany

Prevalence estimates and the role of the perpetrator
Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of workplace bullying in Germany while also taking the perpetrator and severity level (measured by frequency) into account and considering the role of gender, age and socioeconomic status.
Methods: We used data from a large representative sample (N = 4143) of employees in Germany subject to social security contributions. Self-reported bullying was assessed for different combinations of perpetrators (co-workers, superiors) and according to severity, i.e., being exposed at all and to severe bullying (at least weekly).
Results: Prevalence estimates varied from 2.9% for severe bullying by co-workers to 17.1% for overall bullying (i.e., without distinguishing by perpetrator, less severe bullying also included). Unskilled workers reported more bullying by both perpetrators than academics/managers. We also observed an age trend for severe bullying by superiors (i.e., bossing), with younger employees being more affected from bossing than elder. No gender differences were detected.
Conclusions: The findings indicate that it is crucial to consider type of perpetrator and severity of the behaviors when examining the prevalence of workplace bullying. The way bullying is defined and operationalized strongly contributes to the prevalence estimates. Differences between subgroups and associations or cause-effect relationships should be analyzed with these variations in mind.

Source: Lange, S., Burr, H., Conway, P. M. et Rose, U. (2018). International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00420-018-1366-8

Risk Perceptions and Barriers to Protective Behavior Use Among Chemical Tank Cleaners

An Exploratory Study
Chemical tank cleaners' occupational diseases and injuries are largely unknown due to a lack of monitoring and limited research. Their potential exposure to highly corrosive chemicals—including sodium hypochlorite, sodium hydroxide, and ferric chloride—suggests that tank cleaners represent an at-risk occupational group. This pilot study explored tank cleaners' risk perceptions and barriers to using personal protective equipment and other protective behaviors in their workplace. Data sources included a survey (n = 29) and interviews (n = 9) with sodium hypochlorite tank cleaners in the United States. Although sodium hypochlorite may become reactive under high temperatures, 12 questionnaire respondents indicated not being concerned about high temperatures within the tank, and 15 were not concerned about exposure via ingestion. Analyses of survey and interview results provide evidence of inadequate training among tank cleaners, their lack of understanding of basic chemical properties and routes of exposure, and limited access to and an incomplete understanding of how to properly use personal protective equipment, particularly respiratory protection. These findings can inform researchers, educators, and safety engineers in developing future studies, interventions, and training to improve tank cleaners' health and safety.

Source: Persaud, E. et LePrevost, C. (2018). The Journal of Primary Prevention.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-018-0527-6

Chaîne logistique

Si le fonctionnement des chaînes logistiques est pensé avant tout pour faire gagner en efficacité et en productivité, il peut aussi être vecteur de prévention. Encore faut-il que les différents acteurs se coordonnent pour considérer l'ensemble des maillons de leur organisation et ainsi pouvoir mettre en place une stratégie « gagnant-gagnant » en matière de santé et sécurité au travail.

Source: (2018). Travail & sécurité.
http://www.travail-et-securite.fr/ts/dossier/La%20cha%C3%AEne%20logistique.html

Does paid vacation leave protect against depression among working Americans

A national longitudinal fixed effects analysis
Objectives: The United States is the only advanced economy globally that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation leave. Although empirical studies have linked paid vacation leave to happiness and stress, no study has investigated the association between paid vacation leave and depression. Using a nationally-representative longitudinal sample of 3380 working men and women aged 45–52 years from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, this study explored whether paid vacation leave may protect against depression.
Methods: Multivariate linear and logistic regression models were employed to estimate the impacts of the number of annual paid vacation days of leave measured at age 40 on depression measured using the 7-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) short form (CES-D-SF) scale at age 50. Models were adjusted for demographic and socioeconomic factors, physical health, weekly hours, and individual fixed effects.
Results: For every ten additional days of paid vacation leave, the odds of depression in women was 29% lower [odds ratio (OR) 0.71, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.55–0.92, P=0.01); there was no association in men. Linear regression models showed no association in either men or women. For every 10 days of paid leave, the odds of depression were 36% lower in White women and 38% lower in women with ≥2 children.
Conclusions: This study provides the first evidence on the linkage between paid vacation leave and depression, and supports a protective effect in White women with ≥2 children. Should this association be truly causal, and assuming a uniform effect across all ages in working adult women, the results from this study would suggest that a hypothetical increase in the average number of days of paid vacation leave of 10 days could avoid an estimated 568 442 cases of depression in women each year and lead to a cost savings of US$2.94 billion annually. Policies that mandate paid vacation leave may have marked positive impacts on the population health and economic burden of depression among working women in the USA.

Source: Kim D. (2018). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3751

Social influence and safe behavior in manufacturing

This research presents a model designed to explore the cognitive and social mechanisms that mediate the relationship between organizational safety climate and safety behaviors. Specifically the presented research demonstrates the usefulness of Sussmann and Vecchio (1982) social influence interpretation of worker motivation to understand safety motivation. Survey data was collected from 428 employees in seven factories within the electronics industry in China. The data were analyzed using structural modelling. The results suggest that factory workers with more knowledge about the products, organization, goals/objectives and customers of the factory engage in safer work behavior. From social influence theory this may be understood as a process of identification, where factory workers through their involvement and increased knowledge of the factory are socially committed and influenced to work safely via their increased attractiveness of membership in the organization. This complements existing research and shows how other types of knowledge not directly related to safety knowledge may be important for improving safe work behavior. Another finding from the presented research indicate that the total effects of a factory workers experience with safety and health problems seems to affect safe work behavior negatively, and that this is caused by a decrease in confidence and abilities to work safely. In relation to practical implications the present study demonstrate how manufacturing managers can purposely adopt value related; identity related and utility related interpersonal influence processes to influence and improve factory workers commitment to work safely.

Source: Hald, K. S. (2018). Safety Science, 109.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2018.05.008

Bibliometric analysis of safety culture research

The concept of safety culture is characterised by complexity. On the one hand, the concept is challenging content-wise, and on the other hand, is it a multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary research domain. In this paper, bibliometric analysis has been applied to the field of safety culture to identify fundamental influences and to obtain a structured overview of the characteristics and the developments in this research domain. In total, 1789 publications published between 1900 and 2015 related to safety culture were identified in Web of Science. The 1789 publications cover 4591 authors, 775 journals, 76 countries or territories, and 1866 institutions. Two main research areas can be distinguished in the domain of safety culture: (1) organisational safety culture and (2) health-care and patient safety culture. The latter research area stands in a dominant position in safety culture research nowadays. Key publications are from Guldenmund (2000) and Sexton et al. (2006). Furthermore, ‘Safety Science' is the key journal publishing on safety culture research, and the USA, England and China are the countries that dominate the publication production. It can be concluded that there is much collaborative research in the safety culture domain as multi-authored publications make up about three quarters of all publications. Also, safety culture research is characterised by a wide variety of research themes and multidisciplinarity. Geographical inequality in the publication output is identified as a point of concern. A movement away from technical aspects towards more human aspects could be detected as a noteworthy change in research focus.

Source: van Nunen, K., Li, J., Reniers, G. et Ponnet, K. (2018). Safety Science, 108, 248-258.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2017.08.011

Systematic literature review on the effects of occupational safety and health (OSH) interventions at the workplace

Objectives: The aim of this review was to assess the evidence that occupational safety and health (OSH) legislative and regulatory policy could improve the working environment in terms of reduced levels of industrial injuries and fatalities, musculoskeletal disorders, worker complaints, sick leave and adverse occupational exposures.
Methods: A systematic literature review covering the years 1966?2017 (February) was undertaken to capture both published and gray literature studies of OSH work environment interventions with quantitative measures of intervention effects. Studies that met specified in- and exclusion criteria went through an assessment of methodological quality. Included studies were grouped into five thematic domains: (i) introduction of OHS legislation, (ii) inspection/enforcement activity, (iii) training, such as improving knowledge, (iv), campaigns, and (v) introduction of technical device, such as mechanical lifting aids. The evidence synthesis was based on meta-analysis and a modified Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach.
Results: The search for peer-reviewed literature identified 14 743 journal articles of which 45 fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were eligible for meta-analysis. We identified 5181 articles and reports in the gray literature, of which 16 were evaluated qualitatively. There was moderately strong evidence for improvement by OHS legislation and inspections with respect to injuries and compliance.
Conclusions: This review indicates that legislative and regulatory policy may reduce injuries and fatalities and improve compliance with OHS regulation. A major research gap was identified with respect to the effects of OSH regulation targeting psychological and musculoskeletal disorders.

Source: Andersen, J. H., Malmros, P., Ebbehoej, N. E., Flachs, E. M., Bengtsen, E. et Bonde, J. P. (2018). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3775

Understanding Small Enterprises: Proceedings from the 2017 Conference

Focus on Safety and Health in Small Businesses
Given the disproportionate burden of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities experienced by small businesses in the United States and worldwide, small business occupational safety and health (OSH) is of increasing concern to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Although researchers in public health have addressed multiple OSH issues, the very large group of academics and researchers specializing in the area of OSH has not been very active in the area of small business OSH. The USE 2017 conference brought together experts in the area of small business OSH and researchers from public health to build connections and to move forward a research agenda for small business OSH. This conference represents the leading thinkers in the small business OSH research community from around the world. The conference is relatively new, having convened three times since 2009, but it has already had a significant impact in moving the OSH community to focus on small businesses. The conference aims to enhance the work environment for people within small firms.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2019-108/default.html

Bilans du Conseil d’orientation sur les conditions de travail

Ces ouvrages, préparés annuellement par le ministère chargé du travail et présenté aux partenaires sociaux réunis au sein du Conseil d’orientation sur les conditions de travail (COCT), dessinent un panorama global de l’action en faveur de la prévention des risques professionnels et de l’amélioration des conditions de travail.

Source: https://travail-emploi.gouv.fr/ministere/documentation-et-publications-officielles/rapports/article/rapports-bilans-du-conseil-d-orientation-sur-les-conditions-de-travail-coct

Organizational change and employee mental health

A prospective multilevel study of the associations between organizational changes and clinically relevant mental distress
Objective: The goal of this paper was to elucidate the relationship between exposure to separate, multiple or repeated organizational change at both individual- and work-unit level and subsequent clinically relevant mental distress amongst employees two years after change had taken place.
Methods: A full panel, prospective design was utilized. Data were collected at two time-points two years apart, by self-administered, online questionnaires. Organizational change was measured by six items pertaining to separate types of change. Mental distress was measured using HSCL-10, with cut-off set to ≥1.85 to identify clinically relevant distress. Baseline sample consisted of 7985 respondents, of whom 5297 participated at follow-up. A multilevel analytic strategy was chosen as data were nested within work-units. Effects associated with exposure to organizational change at both individual- and work-unit level were estimated.
Results: Separate change: At the individual level, company reorganization [odds ratio (OR) 1.29, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.01?1.65], downsizing (1.51, 95% CI 1.12?2.03) and layoffs (OR 1.46, 95% CI 1.01?2.12)
were prospectively associated with mental distress. At work-unit level, company reorganization (OR 1.46, 95% CI 1.04-2.04) was associated with mental distress, but the statistically significant association diminished when adjusting for the work factors job control, job demands and support. Multiple changes: At the individual level, exposure to multiple organizational changes at baseline were associated with mental distress at follow-up (OR 1.75, 95% CI 1.28?2.38). Repeated change: At the individual level, exposure to repeated organizational change was associated with mental distress at follow-up (OR 1.84, 95% CI 1.29?2.63).
Conclusions: Exposure to organizational changes at the individual level indicated an elevated risk of subsequent clinically relevant mental distress following both separate, multiple and repeated organizational changes. These associations were also present at work-unit level, but diminished when adjusting for certain work factors, indicating a possible mediating effect.

Source: Fløvik, L., Knardahl, S. et Christensen, J. O. (2018). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.
<http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3777

Short time between shifts and risk of injury among Danish hospital workers

A register-based cohort study
Objectives: Short time between consecutive work shifts (quick returns, ie, ≤11 hours between shifts) is associated with sleepiness and fatigue, both of which have been linked to risk of injury. This paper aims to study quick returns between work shifts and risk of injury among Danish hospital workers.
Method: The study population included 69 200 employees, primarily working at hospitals, corresponding to 167 726 person years at risk between 2008–2015. Information on working hours was obtained from payroll data in the Danish Working Hour Database and linked, at an individual level, with data on 11 834 injury records identified in the National Patient Register and the Danish Register of Causes of Death. Multivariate Poisson regression models were used to calculate incidence rate ratios (IRR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI).
Results: Results showed the shorter the time between shifts, the higher the risk of injury. Thus, an elevated risk of injury was observed after quick returns compared with the standard 15–17 hours between shifts (IRR 1.39, 95% CI 1.23–1.58). Furthermore, when assessing the number of days since a quick return, the risk of injury was especially high within the first two days (day 1: IRR 1.39, 95% CI 1.23–1.58; day 2: IRR 1.39, 95% CI 1.21–1.58) following a quick return.
Conclusions: Our results suggest that quick returns increased the risk of injury, in particular within the first two days following a quick return. These findings point towards avoiding or reducing the number of quick returns in order to lower employees' risk of injury.

Source: Nielsen, H. B., Hansen, Å. M., Conway, S. H., Dyreborg, J., Hansen, J., Kolstad, H. A., ... et Garde, A. H. (2018). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3770

Long-term occupational trajectories and suicide

A 22-year follow-up of the GAZEL cohort study
Objective: Most suicides occur among individuals of working age. Risk is elevated in some occupational groups, however relations between long-term occupational trajectories and suicide are not well known. We describe career-long occupational trajectories and examine their influence on suicide.
Methods: Data come from GAZEL, a French cohort study set among employees of a large national utilities company. Occupational grade was obtained from company records from the time of hiring (1953?1988). Groupbased trajectory models were used to define occupational trajectories over a mean time period of 25.0 (standard deviation 6.5) years. Causes of mortality, coded using the International Classification of Diseases, were recorded from 1993?2014 and studied using Cox regression models.
Results: Of the 20 452 participants included in the study, 73 died by suicide between 1993?2014. Results suggested an increased risk of suicide [hazard ratio (HR) 2.57, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.08–6.15] among
participants with persistently low occupational grade compared to those with higher occupational grade and career development. After adjustment for all covariates, especially psychological factors, this association was
reduced and no longer statistically significant (HR 2.02, 95% CI 0.82–4.95).
Conclusions: Persistently low occupational grade could be related to an elevated risk of suicide. This association partly reflects psychological and health characteristics, which can influence occupational trajectories and be reinforced by unfavorable work conditions.

Source: Azevedo, M. D. S., Younes, N., Leroyer, A., Plancke, L., Lemogne, C., Goldberg, M., ... et Melchior, M. (2018). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.
https://doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3767

The world(s) of work in transition

The report of the third joint ETUI-ETUC conference, held on 27-29 June 2018, summarises the three days of discussion that took place when over 500 delegates gathered in Brussels to debate the future of work. The  ambition of the 2018 event was to analyse the impact of the four key ‘megatrends’ – globalization, climate change, digitalization and the demographic transition disrupting societies and economies.

Source: https://www.etui.org/Publications2/Conference-reports/The-world-s-of-work-in-transition

ERM report 2018: Impact of restructuring on working conditions

Using data from the sixth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), carried out in 2015, the ERM report 2018 examines how workplace factors may influence the relationship between restructuring (with job losses) and the outcomes for employees. It also reviews policy and academic research on good practice in restructuring. The findings are then distilled into a model that may contribute to the design and implementation of effective measures to support the stayers. The good practice elements are exemplified by company case studies from four countries – Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain – showing different approaches.

Source: https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/annual-report/2018/impact-of-restructuring-on-working-conditions

La formation initiale

Le développement de compétences en santé et sécurité au travail dans l'enseignement professionnel et supérieur doit permettre aux jeunes d'acquérir une culture de prévention avant même leur premier emploi. Il contribue également à la diffusion de celle-ci dans l'entreprise.
Les 18-24 ans ont près de deux fois plus d'accidents du travail que les autres salariés, selon la Caisse nationale d'assurance mala-die (Cnam). En revanche, une étude de l'INRS montre que les jeunes en formation professionnelle ont deux fois moins d'accidents du travail que les autres quand ils ont reçu un enseignement en santé et sécurité au travail (ES&ST) en formation initiale. Pour permettre l'intégration d'un tel enseignement dès la préparation des diplômes professionnels, mais également à l'université ou dans les écoles supérieures, la mobilisation de nombreux acteurs est indispensable.

Source: (2018). Travail & Sécurité (798).
http://www.travail-et-securite.fr/ts/dossier/La%20formation%20initiale.html

Développement de la santé au travail: complémentarité de l’analyse de l’activité et des représentations du risque

Retours sur un dispositif de conception participative de l'organisation du travail en présence de risque biologique en milieu hospitalier
Cet article illustre la diversité des potentialités de la psychologie du travail et de l'ergonomie, en se basant sur une recherche-action conduite en milieu hospitalier, mobilisant une complémentarité de pratiques. Dans un contexte de conception organisationnelle de situations de travail présentant un risque biologique, l'étude vise à concilier les enjeux de prévention des risques professionnels et d'efficacité du travail, qui visent ensemble le développement de la santé au travail.
L'analyse de l'activité est enrichie des représentations du risque, dans une visée préventive et développementale de la santé au travail.
Cet article prend la forme de deux retours d'expérience sur l'intégration de méthodes et analyses complémentaires, dont la rencontre se fait autour de l'activité de travail. Nos résultats montrent comment l'analyse de l'activité peut bénéficier de la prise en compte des représentations individuelles et collectives pour la co-conception de situations de travail et leur amélioration continue. Les enjeux de développement de la santé au travail, s'appuyant sur des ressources individuelles, collectives et organisationnelles, sont ainsi mis en lumière.

Source: Cottin, I. et Valléry, G. (2018). Activités, (15-2). 
https://journals.openedition.org/activites/3498

Z1003.1-F18 - Santé et sécurité psychologiques dans les organismes de services paramédics

Cette norme fournit aux organismes de services paramédics et aux autres intervenants importants des lignes directrices sur les pratiques exemplaires relatives à la détermination et l'appréciation des dangers, de même qu'à la gestion des dangers pour la santé et la sécurité psychologiques (SSP) des organismes de services paramédics et pour promouvoir l'amélioration de la santé et de la sécurité psychologique.
Elle s'appuie sur CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013, Santé et sécurité psychologiques en milieu de travail et propose une approche systématique de la gestion des dangers SSP et des risques associés pour les organismes de services paramédics. Elle fournit également des lignes directrices utiles et pertinentes pour la protection et la promotion de la santé et de la sécurité psychologiques des travailleurs au Canada.

Source: https://store.csagroup.org/ccrz__ProductDetails?viewState=DetailView&cartID=&sku=Z1003.1-18&cclcl=fr_CA

Les ouvriers intérimaires sont-ils plus exposés aux risques professionnels?

En France, les ouvriers intérimaires, qui représentent la majorité des personnes en intérim et 8 % des ouvriers, sont très fortement exposés à des contraintes physiques dans leur travail. Ils sont 22 % à manipuler des charges lourdes plus de 20 heures par semaine contre 12 % pour l’ensemble des ouvriers. Ces contraintes s’expliquent toutefois davantage par les caractéristiques des métiers qu’exercent les intérimaires que par leur statut d’intérimaire.
À première vue, les ouvriers intérimaires semblent moins exposés aux produits chimiques dangereux que les autres ouvriers. Mais ce résultat doit être nuancé du fait d’une large méconnaissance de leurs expositions par les médecins du travail ou par eux-mêmes.
Les rythmes de travail des ouvriers intérimaires sont particulièrement contraints. Selon l’enquête Surveillance médicale des expositions aux risques professionnels, ils déclarent deux fois plus souvent que les autres ouvriers que leur rythme de travail est déterminé par le déplacement automatique d’un produit (23 % contre 11 %) ou par la cadence automatique d’une machine (25 % contre 12 %).

Source: https://dares.travail-emploi.gouv.fr/dares-etudes-et-statistiques/etudes-et-syntheses/dares-analyses-dares-indicateurs-dares-resultats/article/les-ouvriers-interimaires-sont-ils-plus-exposes-aux-risques-professionnels

What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors?

A review of the research evidence
Doctors are at considerable risk of work-related stress, burnout and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The risk is greater than that of the general working population and is increasing over time in line with the growing demands and complexity of the job, a faster pace of work and diminishing resources.
The risk of suicide, especially among general practitioners, psychiatrists and trainees, and among women, is high compared to the general population.
General practitioners are more vulnerable to burnout (particularly emotional exhaustion), work-related stress and common mental health problems than doctors in most other specialities. This has been linked to the increased demands placed on primary care along with diminishing financial and staffing resources.
Trainee and junior doctors are also at particular risk of mental health problems. Of particular concern is the evidence that many doctors are experiencing symptoms of burnout and distress so early in their career.

Source: https://www.som.org.uk/sites/som.org.uk/files/What_could_make_a_difference_to_the_mental_health_of_UK_doctors_LTF_SOM.pdf

Bi-directional relation between effort-reward imbalance and risk of neck-shoulder pain

Assessment of mediation through depressive symptoms using occupational longitudinal data
Objectives: Bi-directional associations between perceived effort?reward imbalance (ERI) at work and neckshoulder pain have been reported. There is also evidence of associations between ERI and depressive symptoms, and between depressive symptoms and pain while the links between ERI, depressive symptoms and pain have not been tested. We aimed to assess whether depressive symptoms mediate the association between ERI and neck-shoulder pain, as well as the association between neck-shoulder pain and ERI.
Methods: We used prospective data from three consecutive surveys of the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH) study. ERI was assessed with a short version of the ERI questionnaire, and pain was defined as having had neck-shoulder pain that affected daily life during the past three months. Depressive symptoms were assessed with a continuous scale based on six-items of the (Hopkins) Symptom Checklist. Counterfactual mediation analyses were applied using exposure measures from 2010/2012 (T1), depressive symptoms from 2012/2014 (T2), and outcomes from 2014/2016 (T3), and including only those free of outcome at T1 and T2 (N=2876?3239).
Results: ERI was associated with a higher risk of neck-shoulder pain [risk ratio (RR) for total effect 1.24, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.02–1.50] and 40% of this total effect was mediated through depressive symptoms.
Corresponding RR for association between neck-shoulder pain and ERI was 1.36 (95% CI 1.13–1.65), but the mediating role of depressive symptoms was less consistent.
Conclusions: Depressive symptoms appear to be an intermediate factor in the relationship between ERI and neck-shoulder pain.

Source: Halonen, J. I., Lallukka, T., Virtanen, M., Rod, N. H. et Hanson, L. L. M. (2018). Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health.
http://dx.doi.org/10.5271/sjweh.3768

Présentation et modalités pratiques de mise en oeuvre d'un modèle dédié à la prévention des violences au travail

Sont présentés et discutés les usages possibles d'un modèle qualitatif d'intervention sur des situations de violences en milieu professionnel. Dans le prolongement d'un travail antérieur de conception du modèle théorique, l'intérêt de disposer d'une représentation causale des divers motifs de formation des violences, ceci en complément des approches quantitatives à finalité diagnostique pour agir en prévention, est argumenté. Un exemple documente l'utilisation du modèle par deux psychologues d'un service interentreprises de santé au travail (SIST) dans un contexte professionnel fortement dégradé. Les limites d'usage observées dans les divers contextes explorés par l'étude ainsi que sur les apports pressentis, notamment du point de vue de la capacité de l'outil à aider au cadrage et à la dédramatisation de situations de travail fortement conflictuelles, sont ensuite décrites.

Source: Favaro, M., Marc, J. (2018). Références en santé au travail (155), 25-37.
http://www.rst-sante-travail.fr/rst/pages-article/ArticleRST.html?ref=RST.TC%20163

Guichet unique pour la sécurité des véhicules

Les risques de véhicules liés au travail représentent 29% de tous les accidents du travail mortels. Cependant, les bonnes pratiques pour éviter et réduire ces risques ont déjà été mises en œuvre dans les États membres de l'UE. Le partage peut aider les employeurs et les travailleurs à améliorer la sécurité des véhicules.
Avec cet e-guide interactif de bonnes pratiques sont fournis ainsi qu'un aperçu des règlements pertinents et des informations sur trois aspects principaux des risques de véhicules:
•la sécurité routière pour le travail
•lieu de travail la sécurité des transports
•travailler sur ou à proximité d'une route.
Ce site de guichet unique a été mis au point pour un large éventail d'utilisateurs, y compris les conducteurs, leurs employeurs et les experts en sécurité.

Source: https://eguides.osha.europa.eu/vehicle-safety/

When antecedent becomes consequent: An examination of the temporal order of job dissatisfaction and verbal aggression exposure in a longitudinal study

Past research has traditionally examined stressors as predictors and strains as outcomes. However, some recent research has found evidence of reverse causality between various stressors and strains, demonstrating that the relationship between these types of variables may extend beyond the traditional stressor-strain framework. The current study builds upon this past research by examining the temporal direction of the relationship between verbal aggression exposure and job satisfaction. Specifically, through the lens of emotional contagion theory, we suggest that low levels of job satisfaction in employees are detectable by others, which in turn leads them to engage in verbal aggression directed toward those employees. To test this postulation, 309 emergency medical professionals completed surveys that assessed verbal aggression exposure and job satisfaction across three time points. Results of cross-lagged structural equation model tests showed a significant job satisfaction to verbal aggression path over time, but a nonsignificant verbal aggression to job satisfaction path over time. Additionally, results support the postulation that job satisfaction leads to physical strain outcomes through verbal aggression exposure. Overall, results suggest that job satisfaction may serve as a predictor of verbal aggression exposure rather than a result within high stakes environments such as the emergency medical services.

Source: Andel, S. A., Pindek, S. et Spector, P. E. (2018). Work & Stress.
https://doi.org/10.1080/02678373.2018.1509245

“Who’s Caring for Us?”: Understanding and Addressing the Effects of Emotional Labor on Home Health Aides’ Well-being

Background and Objectives: Interventions to strengthen the home care workforce focus on workers' economic and physical well-being, without acknowledging the caring labor affecting emotional well-being. Our study examined workers' perceptions of the emotional effects of caring work, coping mechanisms, and desired support.
Research Design and Methods: We conducted 4 worker focus groups (n = 27). Moderators cross-checked codes and themes, and aides provided input through report-backs.
Results: Building close, trusting relationships with clients was central to aides' emotional well-being. Well-being was also influenced by relationships with client families and agency supervisors, work–life balance, and the level to which aides felt their work was valued. Aides were largely alone in managing job stressors and desired more communication, connection, and support from supervisors and peers.
Discussion and Implications: Recognizing and supporting the emotional demands of caring work is crucial to strengthening the workforce. Policy makers and agencies must realign reimbursement systems, job descriptions, and care plans to include measures of emotional labor, improve communication between workers and supervisors, and provide training, mental health benefits, and peer support.

Source: Franzosa, E., Tsui, E. K. et Baron, S. (2018). The Gerontologist.
https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny099

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