In this article, we describe methods which have been applied in the compilation of the Atlas of Health and Working Conditions by Occupation.
First, we discuss the need for information systems to identify problems concerning working conditions and health.
Such information systems have an exploratory purpose, being deployed to identify work risks in companies, groups of occupations and sectors of industry, and can also be a starting point for the generation of hypotheses on the causes of adverse health effects.
In the Netherlands, occupational health services gather questionnaire data about work and health as part of periodical occupational health surveys.
In the atlas, aggregated questionnaire data for 129 occupations with male employees and 19 occupations with female employees are presented.
In this article, we explain the methodology used to compare occupations with regard to each item in the questionnaire.
We then discuss applications of these occupational ranking lists.
The cross-sectional nature of the data collection, various forms of selection and the limited size of some occupational populations have to be taken into account when interpreting the results.
Occupational ranking lists can be applied in the allocation of resources and in the design of scientific research.
The overviews for each occupation, presented in the second half of the atlas, provide an occupational profile of existing problems with respect to work and health.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enquête, Santé, Condition travail, Activité professionnelle, Profession, Méthodologie, Système information, Homme, Médecine travail, Pays Bas, Morbidité, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Inquiry, Health, Working condition, Professional activity, Profession, Methodology, Information system, Human, Occupational medicine, Netherlands, Morbidity, Europe
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0523121
Code Inist : 002B30B04. Création : 01/03/1996.