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Health and well-being in the offshore environment: the role of the organisational support

By Kathryn Mearns, Lorraine Hope and Tom W. Reader


This project was designed to assess health climate offshore and to evaluate its impact upon the health behaviour, organizational citizenship behaviours, safety behaviour, organizational commitment and accident involvement of offshore workers on the UKCS. The Offshore Safety Division of the UK Health and Safety Executive’s Hazardous Installations Directorate sponsored the study. Phase 1 was a survey of approximately 2000 offshore employees on 31 installations in the UK sector undertaken using a Health at Work questionnaire, incorporating measures of health and safety climate, employers’ commitment to health, risk-taking behaviour and employees’ commitment to the organisation. The survey found evidence to suggest that positive health management practice is associated with good risk investment. Phase 2 investigated the hypothesis that the support provided by the operator, supervisor and workmates both in general and regarding the health of employees helps to build a positive perception of health climate. This in turn, impacts upon organisational citizenship behaviours, health behaviours and organisational commitment. These positive organisational activities may also have an impact on accident involvement

Topics: HD28 Management. Industrial Management, RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Health and Safety Executive
Year: 2006
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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