Article included in edition Volume 13 :: Nr.2 :: December 2017

Empirical Research

The Psychosocial Risk Factors in the Activity of the Advanced Technicians on Occupational Health

Joana F. Ramalho1 & Lúcia Simões Costa2
(1) Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra do Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra
Apartado 7006, Rua 5 de Outubro
São Martinho do Bispo
3046-854 Coimbra
Portugal
jfframalho@gmail.com
(2) Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra do Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra Apartado 7006, Rua 5 de Outubro
São Martinho do Bispo
3046-854 Coimbra
Portugal
lucias@estescoimbra.pt
Abstract

Social and organisational changes are causing deep transformations, which can generate quite concerning psychosocial dynamics in the work places. The “psychosocial risks” result from a set of conditions and factors inherent to the organisation of the work and it is important to identify them. This study’s main purpose was to verify whether the Advanced Technicians on Occupational Health (ATOH) who perform their activity in Portugal are exposed, or not, to psychosocial risk factors and whether, consequently, their health condition is deteriorating. The findings show they are exposed to psychosocial risk factors related to the work conditions and characteristics. Their health is perceived as good and not entirely work-related, though some of their health problems are made worse by the work. The less the ATOH are affected by the psychosocial risk factors, the better do they perceive their health.

Keywords Psychosocial Risk Factors; work conditions; activity; Advanced Technicians on Occupational Safety; INSAT.