Occupational Health

Completed Projects

The role of health promotion and surveillance in the safety and well-being of oil industry employees

Dr Kathryn Mearns, School of Psychology

This project was sponsored by HSE to uncover the links between good health management and the well-being and safety of offshore workers. In the initial survey, workers on approximately 50 installations across the UK CS were asked about their own health and lifestyle choices, health surveillance on their installation, attitudes towards health promotion schemes and what factors in the offshore workplace they see as affecting their health. Health climate, safety climate and social support in the offshore setting were also measured. In addition, health and safety officers and/or medics were surveyed to gain an objective overview of health provision. This initial phase of the research took place during May-September 2002. Following analyses and feedback, a second phase of study took place during 2003 to provide a longitudinal perspective and determine whether changes and improvements in health management have taken place in the interim period. Analysis and reporting are ongoing.

Well-being in bus drivers

John Tse, School of Psychology, email: r.flin@abdn.ac.uk - Tel: 01224-272341

This was a 3-year PhD sponsored by FirstGroup plc running from September 2002 to September 2005. The aim of the project was to further understand occupational stress in bus driving professionals. Specifically, the relationship between job strain and physical/psychological health was explored. Further analysis concentrated on how job strain affected job satisfaction, safety performance, labour turnover, absenteeism, coping behaviour, and health habits of bus drivers. Using interviews, focus groups and questionnaire survey, stressors specific to drivers were identified, as well as the identification of practical intervention strategies.

Work motivation and job stress in Malaysian firefighters

Mohd-Dahlan Malek, School of Psychology

This project examinined stress and job satisfaction among fire fighters in Malaysia and UK. Fire fighters are frequently the first emergency personnel at the scene of traffic accident or medical emergency and may be called upon to put out a fire, treat injuries or perform other vital functions. The study assessed job demands, work motivation and coping as predictors of the level of well being and job satisfaction among fire fighters in Malaysia, in order to develop an indigenous model to complement models developed in Western countries and UK. This model was used to help motivate fire fighters in order to maintain their psychological well being. Project sponsored by Malaysian Government and the University Malaysia Sabah.

Email: r.flin@abdn.ac.uk