TH-P01-038-interactive - Qualitative Analysis of Working Conditions, Occupational Stress and Strain among Employees in the German Offshore Wind Industry

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Work stressors
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Interactive Poster Presentation
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1 hour 30 minutes
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O'Brien Foyer
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Employee stress and burnout
Work stressors
TH-P01-038-interactive
Qualitative Analysis of Working Conditions, Occupational Stress and Strain among Employees in the German Offshore Wind Industry
J. Mette 1,*, M. Velasco Garrido 1, A. M. Preisser 1, V. Harth 1, S. Mache 1
1Institute for Occupational and Maritime Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
 
Content: Purpose: Despite the particular demands inherent to the work in the German offshore wind industry, little is known about the work-related physical and psychological demands and their impact on occupational stress and strain among offshore employees. Therefore, the aim of this study was to conduct a qualitative analysis to gain further insight into these subjects.
Design/Methodology: Semi-structured telephone interviews with 21 offshore employees and 21 offshore experts were conducted. Participants were interviewed about their working conditions, perceptions of occupational stress and strain and coping behaviours. Also, experiences of the participants regarding health promotion activities offshore were inquired. The interviews were analyzed in a deductive-inductive process according to Mayring’s content analysis.
Results: Participants mentioned various work-related risk factors and resources, depending on their specific offshore work environment. Occupational stress and strain were experienced by the participants during their offshore assignments. Participants named individual coping strategies but mostly did not know about any health promotion activities offshore.
Limitations: Due to the exploratory character of this study, no generalized or representative statements can be made.
Research/Practical Implications: The results form a basis for further quantitative research in order to generalize the findings. Moreover, they can be utilized to develop a needs-based, branch-specific concept for health promotion activities offshore.
Originality/Value: To our knowledge, this is the first study to systematically analyze work-related risk factors and their impact on occupational stress and strain among workers in the German offshore wind industry.
 
 
 
 
 

 
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