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Combined effects of occupational health hazards

Smith, Andrew Paul, McNamara, Rachel Louise and Wellens, Benjamin Thomas 2004. Combined effects of occupational health hazards. Research Report, vol. 287. HSE Books.

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Abstract

There has been previous research on a large number of workplace hazards. There are two types: these are generally considered as ‘white-collar’ stressors (i.e. those arising from the psychosocial environment, that is the interaction between the psychology of the individual and the social environment of work) and ‘blue-collar’ stressors (i.e. those due to exposure to stressors of a physical nature such as noise or fumes or potentially deleterious organisation of the hours of work such as night-, shift-work or excessively long hours). For the most part the nature and effects of such stressors have been considered in isolation. Such an approach is not likely to be representative of the real-life situation where employees are often exposed to multiple hazards (i.e. both white-collar and blue-collar stressors). For example, individuals are very unlikely to work in a noisy environment that does not also expose them to other stressors that have considerable potential to harm. There is limited information on the combined effects of these hazards on health and performance efficiency. Indeed, there has not even been any systematic reviews of the existing literature; no attempt to produce a coherent framework for studying these factors has been offered and a dearth of studies using multi-methods to investigate the topic have been undertaken. This investigation aims to redress these issues. The information currently available on combined effects will be reviewed; following this a variety of methods will be used to investigate the combined effects of occupational health hazards. Achievement of these two objectives is an essential first requirement for the advancement of this area of research.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: HSE Books
ISBN: 0717629236
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 20:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33938

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