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Occupational skill level and hazardous exposures among working Victorians

LaMontagne, Anthony D, Vallance, Deborah and Keegel, Tessa 2008, Occupational skill level and hazardous exposures among working Victorians, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 47-70.

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Title Occupational skill level and hazardous exposures among working Victorians
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Vallance, Deborah
Keegel, Tessa
Journal name Australian Journal of Labour Economics
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 47
End page 70
Total pages 24
Publisher Centre for Labour Market Research
Place of publication Perth, WA
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1328-1143
Keyword(s) Occupational skill level
Victoria
Hazardous exposures
Summary This paper examines the patterning of exposures to occupational hazards in relation to occupational skill level as a proxy for pay rate, testing the general hypothesis that exposures to occupational hazards increase in prevalence with decreasing skill level. A population-based telephone survey was conducted on a random sample of working Victorians (N = 1,101). A set of 10 indicators of exposure to occupational hazards were analysed individually and as a summary scale in multivariate regression models. A significant increasing trend in hazardous working conditions from the highest to lowest occupational skill level was observed, with those in lower skill level jobs twice as likely to be exposed as those at the highest skill level. This overall trend was driven primarily by higher exposure in the middle skill level group (technicians and skilled trades) as well as the lowest (labourers and elementary clerical), the two main bluecollar groups. Findings provided partial support for the hypothesised relationship.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Curtin Business School
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061297

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