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Iboh Oghu poster.docx
University of Birmingham
Iboh Oghu

Introduction/background: The WHO and ILO have emphasized the need to evaluate psychosocial hazards arising from work. However, assessing work related stress is not priority in Nigeria, as there is hardly any policy as regards such in the health sector.
Aim: This study aimed to determine the distribution and work related causes of stress among practicing public health doctors in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Method: A multistage cluster random sampling was used in recruiting 236 doctors from primary and tertiary health centers in Rivers State. The study was a self administered questionnaire based survey.
Results: Among the total population, 76.7% of doctors were found to have high stress level which had no significant relationship with their age, gender, marital status, the facility where participants worked, the working status of participants and their cadre at work (p> 0.05). There was also no significant relationship between stress level and period spent in whole and current practice, and the working hours per day (p >0.05). There was a significant relationship between stress level and the specialty/department of the participants’ (p< 0.05). Most attributed factor causing stress in the workplace was excessive workload (p<0.05 and n= 84). Other identified stressors were work affecting family and social life, attending to difficult patients, low wages, bad road network to work, balancing work with academics, requirements of the job, long working hours, low manpower, no welfare for staff, poor working environment and relating with other workers.
Conclusion: There is a high level of stress among practicing doctors in Nigeria. The department/ specialty of doctors have an influence on the stress level and excessive workload was the most attributed cause of stress at work among practicing public health doctors in Rivers state, Nigeria.

Successfully Sustaining a Safety Culture...

Peer reviewed and published

Priest Poster.pdf
University of South Wales
Jonathan Priest

The researcher explores the theory behind culture, safety culture measurement and how a safety culture transitions from an acquiring company to the acquired company.

The author’s interest arose from the author’s experiences within industry. This has involved a company that had been recently acquired by another. The author has experienced first-hand the effect that the transition has had on the safety management systems and safety culture. In the spirit of continual improvement, development and learning, the author investigates the transition of safety culture from one company to another.

The research project used an extended literature review in order to achieve this aim using a qualitative inductive methodology. A case study of a recently acquired company where the challenge of transferring a whole safety management system was used to investigate the theories raised in the literature review. Focus groups were used to gather data from the workforce within the company and data compared against a framework. Critical analysis was then undertaken into the challenges faced during the acquisition and how lessons can be learned from this so that the company can continue to improve its processes in future.

The results of the focus groups showed a significant disconnect between the managements viewpoint on safety culture and the employees viewpoint. This lead to communication failures being highlighted as a key issue.
The corporate culture analysis also highlighted the significant differences between the management and employees perception of the culture. The managements view mirrored the expectations from the acquiring company but this is not what was observed when interviewing employees.
A contrast of pre and post acquisition was also determined to attempt to analyse how the culture had changed throughout the acquisition, however it is accepted that there may be bias within these results to to the reflective nature of the questions.

“What can a company do to retain and...

Peer reviewed and published

Woolley Poster.pdf
University of Strathclyde
Julian Woolley

“What can a company do to retain and motivate its staff and what impact on the company’s health and safety performance might this have?”
Organisations are reliant on the employment and retention of quality staff. The motivation for this research lies in the belief that it addresses a real and significant corporate risk shared by many companies, therefore providing useful research that may benefit both employers and their employees.
The objective of this research is to identify:
• Benefits that can be provided by employers to motivate and retain its staff;
• External factors impacting recruitment and retention of staff;
• Positive impacts on health and safety performance to be gained by motivating and retaining the right talent.
A thorough literature review was conducted to identify what was already known on the subject of motivation and retention of talented employees and the impact on a company’s health and safety performance.
A questionnaire was developed and distributed with a total of 106 responses being received from employees in the UK, America, Australia and Singapore. Interviews were conducted with individuals responsible for the management of health and safety, corporate risk and human resources.

Prevention of most possible accidents in...

Peer reviewed and published

JNTU Kakinada
Dr Madhuri Seeram
XX World Congress on safety and health at work

Educational institutes are the common platforms to enhance the knowledge of students and faculty as well. Many of us are depending on educational institutes to learn from basic to advanced studies and to teach as well. Hence children, faculty and staff are attending daily over a fixed time interval of a day in educational institutes/schools for easy interaction. Some schools or institutes are handling many classes at a time with huge number of students and faculty by assembling at a common area or school premises. Keeping this point in view, safety management of all the people is a difficult task in any emergency. Hence school management has to take precautionary actions to handle emergency conditions. Awareness related to safety needs to be incorporated in the management board of public schools or in institutes in the developing country like India. Many public schools are running in the busy cities with huge number of children. The health and safety precautions are essential and important in view of children education and teachers work place. In the present study a hazard analysis survey sheet has been developed to minimize the risks involved in daily life of students, faculty and staff. The development of new Indian standard code on safety measurements in public schools has been recommended.

How can working in an offshore...

Peer reviewed and published

Glasgow Caledonian University
David McCabe

From the inception of oil and gas exploration and production within UK territorial waters there has
been many studies carried out with the aim of assessing the impact of working offshore on a person’s health, safety, wellbeing and family life. It has been shown in previous studies that this type of work imposes significant demands on an individual’s health and also on that of their families. This dissertation report was written to clarify if the findings from these studies are still relevant in the modern offshore environment in the UK.
The research carried out for this report showed that there has indeed been a shift in how offshore
personnel believe their work roles impact on their health and safety, wellbeing and family lives from
previous studies. This report aims to justify how this conclusion was reached, and show how the
implementation of current Regulations and Safety Management Systems along with a better
understanding of Human Factors related issues has moved the industry forward substantially in the
last ten years.

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