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Maria Lindholm, Seppo Väyrynen, & Arto Reiman. (2019). Findings and views on occupational safety and health teaching at universities. Work, 64(4), 685–695.

Findings and views on occupational safety and health teaching at universities

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Author: Lindholm, Maria1; Väyrynen, Seppo1; Reiman, Arto1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: IOS Press, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-03-18


Background: Young employees have often poorer occupational safety and health (OSH) skills and knowledge than older employees. Efforts should be made at different educational levels to strengthen young employees’ OSH skills and knowledge.

Objective: To analyze OSH perceptions and attitudes among university students and to examine OSH professionals’ views on OSH teaching.

Methods: This explorative study employs an iterative multi-method approach, including a paired comparison questionnaire for university students (N = 104) and OSH professionals (N = 40), an OSH questionnaire for university students (N = 130) and a Delphi survey for OSH professionals (N = 26).

Results: OSH perceptions and attitudes were found to vary widely among the students and some expressed somewhat stereotypical views about OSH. The results confirm the need to improve OSH education. To that end, the study reports concrete practical ideas from OSH professionals.

Conclusions: The findings confirm the need to augment both the quality and quantity of OSH teaching at university level. Ideas are presented for future OSH teaching, along with recommendations for future studies.

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Series: Work. A journal of prevention, assessment & rehabilitation
ISSN: 1051-9815
ISSN-E: 1051-9815
ISSN-L: 1051-9815
Volume: 64
Issue: 4
Pages: 685 - 695
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-193030
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study was funded by the European SocialFund (ESF) project Prepared for Working Life! (in Finnish: Valmiina työelämään!), Grant number S20577.
Copyright information: © 2019 – IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.