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Associations Between Self-Reported Working Conditions and Registered Health and Safety Results

Høivik, Dordi PT, MSc; Baste, Valborg MSc; Brandsdal, Einar MSc; Moen, Bente E. MD, PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: February 2007 - Volume 49 - Issue 2 - p 139-147
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31802f43eb
Original Articles

Objective: To investigate the association between self-reported working conditions and registered health and safety results in a petroleum company in Norway.

Methods: We analyzed data from company surveys of working and organizational conditions in 2003 and 2004 and data from the company’s files of sickness absence, personal injuries, serious incidents, and undesirable incidents in 2003 and 2004 as well as personal injuries from 2000 to 2004 using Pearson’s correlation analysis and multiple linear regression analyses.

Results: Good perception of confidence in management in 2003 and 2004 was significantly negatively correlated with the number of personal injuries from 2000 to 2004.

Conclusions: Management style and trust in the manager are important factors for predicting personal injuries. The company’s working and organizational survey might be used as an indicator for injury risk.

From the Section for Occupational Medicine, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care (Høivik, Baste, Moen), University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Statoil ASA, Occupational Health and Working Environment Department (Høivik), Bergen, Norway; Statoil ASA, Personal and Organization Department (Brandsdal), Stavanger, Norway.

Dordi Høivik has no commercial interest related to this article.

Address correspondence to: Dordi Høivik, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Section for Occupational Medicine, University of Bergen, Kalfarveien 31, N-5018 Bergen, Norway. E-mail: doh@statoil.com.

©2007The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine