Tessa Opie, Sue Lenthall and Maureen F. Dollard
Tessa S. Bailey, Sarven S. McLinton and Maureen F. Dollard
Tessa S. Bailey, Silvia Pignata and Maureen F. Dollard
Tessa S. Bailey, Mikaela S. Owen and Maureen F. Dollard
Worker health and well-being are important for the positive impact they can have on employees and their families, and productivity outcomes for employers and the community. Psychosocial factors at work include job demands, resources and supports that influence worker health and motivation, thus impacting upon health, safety and productivity outcomes. The authors examine the latest data from the Australia Workplace Barometer 2014–15 project to compare work environments for 1571 public sector and 2260 private sector employees. They use the psychosocial safety climate (PSC) model to test how these factors impact upon worker health and well-being for each sector. The results show that public sector workers report higher levels of job demands and lower levels of resources compared to private sector employees. The PSC model analyses reveal that by strengthening the climate for worker psychological safety, both public and private sector organizations can expect to see an improvement in worker health, well-being and engagement.
Tony Pooley, Silvia Pignata and Maureen F. Dollard
The concept of human factors in mining safety was recognized in the silver mines near Athens in Ancient Greece when the state took the rare step of issuing health and safety regulations forbidding the removal of support poles and the generation of excessive smoke from oil lamps, even though it was a slave workforce. Few would argue that after more than 3000 years of increasing contemplation and research, we are still short of translating our growing knowledge into optimizing safe human performance in the workplace. This chapter provides evidence that the psychosocial safety climate for worker psychological health and safety should be viewed as the overall job-stress leading indicator (which is greater than the sum of its parts) to identify more insightful incident investigation findings in mining disasters and, consequently, provide direct recommendations towards ensuring that people managing and operating mine sites are working in a safe context.