Occupational Safety and Hygiene II - Selected Extended and Revised Contributions from the International Symposium Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014
A broad definition of health at work, in which physical, psychological and social dimensions interact, has been gaining increasing attention. The education sector, where physical and psychosocial risks are both present in teaching activity, affecting their health, and wellbeing, reflects this holistic conception of occupational health. The main objective of this study was to search the main factors in teacher's working conditions that influence teacher's general state of health, as they perceived it. The study was carried with a sample of teachers of an elementary school at Porto, Portugal, using the survey instrument INSAT (Barros-Duarte & Cunha, 2010). The survey scores were object of a statistical correlation analysis. It was found that the statistical significant work characteristics that teachers perceive as directly affecting their health, are related with both environment and physical constraints, as well as organizational and relational constraints. © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK.
Year of publication: 2014