Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
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Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces

Individual, Work and Organizational Factors

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces argues for greater reporting of workplace accidents and injuries. It also incorporates stress as a factor in rates of accidents and injuries, and suggests ways in which workplace safety cultures can be fostered and improved. This book will be an invaluable tool for students of management, especially those with an interest in small businesses.
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Chapter 3: Stress, human errors and accidents

Astrid M. Richardsen, Monica Martinussen and Sabine Kaiser


Work stress has many negative consequences including increased risk of human error and accident involvement. The chapter includes different models for understanding the nature of stress reactions to acute situations but also exposure to more long-term stressors. In addition, the various outcomes of work stressors both in general and in safety-critical industries, such as the medical field and in aviation, are outlined. Finally, the chapter presents different preventive measures that may be used to reduce work-related stress and its potentially negative consequences.

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