Individual, Work and Organizational Factors
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen
Chapter 14: Workplace stress and firefighter health and safety
Firefighter injuries, illnesses and fatalities are a significant safety and health issue. These incidents are often linked to physical and psychosocial stressors or job demands. This chapter delineates job demands within firefighting operations to include physical job demands, workload, work-role expectations and conflict, work–family conflict and passive leadership. The relationship between these job demands and firefighter health and safety outcomes is further delineated. Then, the chapter offers guidance on how to protect and promote firefighter health and safety. In the context of the job demands–resources model, job resources including recovery, transformational leadership, support and safety climate are suggested.
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