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Individual, occupational, and workplace correlates of occupational health and safety vulnerability in a sample of Canadian workers

Lay, A. Morgan, Saunders, Ron, Lifshen, Marni, Breslin, Curtis, LaMontagne, Anthony, Tompa, Emile and Smith, Peter 2016, Individual, occupational, and workplace correlates of occupational health and safety vulnerability in a sample of Canadian workers, American journal of industrial medicine, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 119-128, doi: 10.1002/ajim.22535.

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Title Individual, occupational, and workplace correlates of occupational health and safety vulnerability in a sample of Canadian workers
Author(s) Lay, A. Morgan
Saunders, Ron
Lifshen, Marni
Breslin, Curtis
LaMontagne, AnthonyORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Tompa, Emile
Smith, Peter
Journal name American journal of industrial medicine
Volume number 59
Issue number 2
Start page 119
End page 128
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2016-02
ISSN 0271-3586
1097-0274
Keyword(s) health and safety
vulnerability
epidemiology
Summary Objective: To describe OH&S vulnerability across a diverse sample of Canadian workers.
Methods: A survey was administered to 1,835 workers employed more than 15 hrs/week in workplaces with at least five employees. Adjusted logistic models were fitted for three specific and one overall measure of workplace vulnerability developed based on hazard exposure and access to protective OH&S policies and procedures, awareness of employment rights and responsibilities, and workplace empowerment.
Results: More than one third of the sample experienced some OH&S vulnerability. The type and magnitude of vulnerability varied by labor market sub-group. Younger workers and those in smaller workplaces experienced signficantly higher odds of multiple types of vulnerability. Temporary workers reported elevated odds of overall, awareness- and empowerment-related vulnerability, while respondents born outside of Canada had significantly higher odds of awareness vulnerability.
Conclusion: Knowing how labor market sub-groups experience different types of vulnerability can inform better-tailored primary prevention interventions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/ajim.22535
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920505 Occupational Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080040

Document type: Journal Article
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