Sa-OR-S136-4 - Workplace psychological risk assessment in Germany from a SME perspective: qualitative expert interviews

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Occupational and organizational safety
Risk and safety management

Workplace psychological risk assessment in Germany from a SME perspective: qualitative expert interviews
Anna Al Afni*
 
 
Content: Workplace psychological risk assessment in Germany from a SME perspective: qualitative expert interviews
Anna Al  Afni, University of Bremen, Germany, Collaborative research center 11 (Sonderforschungsbereich 11)

Purpose
In October 2013 German legislature led to the extension of the law of Occupational Health and Safety (ArbSchG) in order to include assessment of psychological risk at the workplace. Due to the novelty of the law there are hardly any model cases regarding the implementation of psychological risk measurement, evaluation and prevention in small- and medium sized companies. This opens up ground for work- and organizational psychologists. The main aim of this pilot study was to identify relevant practitioners as well as to identify convenient processes, instruments and “best practices” suitable for small – and medium sized companies.
Design/Methodology
Qualitative semi-guided interviews were performed with fifteen experts (among  Occupational Health and Safety Specialists, Human Resources and Corporate health Personnel) in the service sector. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.
Results Qualitative content analysis show that there is a strong reliance on external help to implement methods and a multitude of qualitative and quantitative risk measurement methods with different depths of analysis and quality criteria do co-exist.
Limitations The study consists of a convenience sample with only a small number of participants. However, it was not the aim to obtain representative results, but to explore relevant SME decision makers experience with the implementation of the new law.
Originality/Value To our knowledge, the study is the first to analyze the status quo of the implementation of the psychological risk assessment in the context of the new law, outside large corporations.
 
Disclosure of Interest: None Declared
 
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