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Tailoring Psychosocial Risk Assessment in the Oil and Gas Industry by Exploring Specific and Common Psychosocial Risks

Published on May 1, 2017in Safety and health at work
· DOI :10.1016/
Linn Iren Vestly Bergh4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Nottingham),
Stavroula Leka22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Nottingham),
G.I.J.M. Zwetsloot19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Nottingham)
Abstract Background Psychosocial risk management [Psychosocial Risk Management Approach (PRIMA)] has, through the years, been applied in several organizations in various industries and countries globally. PRIMA principles have also been translated into international frameworks, such as PRIMA-EF (European framework) and the World Health Organization Healthy Workplace Framework. Over the past 10 years, an oil and gas company has put efforts into adopting and implementing international frameworks and standards for psychosocial risk management. More specifically, the company uses a PRIMA. Methods This study explores available quantitative and qualitative risk data collected through the PRIMA method over the past 8 years in order to explore specific and common psychosocial risks in the petroleum industry. Results The analyses showed a significant correlation between job resources and symptoms of work-related stress, there was a significant correlation between job demands and symptoms of work-related stress, and there were differences in psychosocial risk factors and symptoms of work-related stress onshore and offshore. The study also offers recommendations on how the results can further be utilized in building a robust system for managing psychosocial risks in the industry. Conclusion The results from the analyses have provided meaningful and important information about the company-specific psychosocial risk factors and their impact on health and well-being.
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Published on Jun 1, 2016in Safety Science 3.62
Gro Ellen Mathisen9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Stavanger),
Linn Iren Vestly Bergh4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Linn Iren Vestly Bergh4
Estimated H-index: 4
Arne Jarl Ringstad6
Estimated H-index: 6
+ 1 AuthorsG.I.J.M. Zwetsloot19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Nottingham)
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Stefanie Mache7
Estimated H-index: 7
Karin Vitzthum10
Estimated H-index: 10
+ 1 AuthorsGerhard Danzer11
Estimated H-index: 11
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Published on Jul 3, 2014in Work & Stress 2.68
Jasmine Y. Huynh4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UniSA: University of South Australia),
Despoina Xanthopoulou21
Estimated H-index: 21
(A.U.Th.: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki),
Anthony H. Winefield40
Estimated H-index: 40
(UniSA: University of South Australia)
Using a sample of 887 volunteer emergency service workers in South Australia, we conducted a study based on the JD-R framework to examine the roles of three mediators in the relationship between job characteristics and volunteer well-being. These were (i) exhaustion as a mediator in the relationships between job demands and both poor mental health and turnover intentions; and (ii) work engagement and organizational connectedness as mediators in the relationships of job resources (training and or...
Published on Feb 1, 2014in Safety Science 3.62
Linn Iren Vestly Bergh4
Estimated H-index: 4
Siri Hinna3
Estimated H-index: 3
+ 1 AuthorsAditya Jain14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Nottingham)
Abstract Psychosocial risks in the oil and gas industry can have a significant impact on health and safety outcomes and must be handled in the same manner as other operational risks. A sustainable and comprehensive system for psychosocial risk management should ideally be embedded in organisational operations and processes. One way of integrating psychosocial risk management into a larger process is to link it to an organisation’s strategy using familiar concepts or techniques such as performanc...
Published on Jan 1, 2014
Ana Maria Rossi10
Estimated H-index: 10
James A. Meurs12
Estimated H-index: 12
Pamela L. Perrewé49
Estimated H-index: 49
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Published on Jul 1, 2013in Safety Science 3.62
Anne Sneddon4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Aberd.: University of Aberdeen),
Kathryn Mearns32
Estimated H-index: 32
(Aberd.: University of Aberdeen),
Rhona Flin59
Estimated H-index: 59
(Aberd.: University of Aberdeen)
Abstract Drilling for oil and gas on offshore installations is a hazardous occupation, and requires personnel to maintain high levels of work situation awareness (WSA). This paper presents a self-report scale developed to measure the WSA of drilling personnel, and examines the influence of the performance shaping factors of stress and fatigue upon WSA, and the relationship between WSA, unsafe behaviour and accident involvement. A questionnaire designed to measure these variables was completed by...
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T. Deacon2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Dal: Dalhousie University),
Paul Amyotte34
Estimated H-index: 34
(Dal: Dalhousie University)
+ 1 AuthorsScott MacKinnon15
Estimated H-index: 15
(St. John's University)
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Published on Aug 1, 2012in Safety Science 3.62
Katharine R. Parkes24
Estimated H-index: 24
Abstract Continuous production processes on North Sea installations necessitate extended work schedules; 2-week offshore tours (alternating with shore breaks), 12 h shifts and rapid day/night shift changes are inherent features of offshore work. These intensive rosters, worked in a demanding physical and psychosocial environment, are potential sources of fatigue and impaired performance among offshore personnel. This article focuses on offshore working time arrangements, and presents a systemati...
Published on May 4, 2012
John S Oakland1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Apr 1, 2019in Safety Science 3.62
Yannick Arnold Metzler1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Duisburg-Essen),
Georg von Groeling-Müller , Silja Bellingrath17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Duisburg-Essen)
Abstract Psychosocial risk assessment is becoming increasingly important for research and occupational health and safety due to legislative amendments obliging employers to implement psychosocial work factors into general risk assessment. While various sources provide guidance on hazard identification, statistically assessing the risk probability of psychosocial hazards remains poorly understood. In the current study, we investigate the risk potential of psychosocial hazards using the German Cop...