Saf Health Work.  2018 Mar;9(1):63-70. 10.1016/

Tailoring Psychosocial Risk Assessment in the Oil and Gas Industry by Exploring Specific and Common Psychosocial Risks

  • 1Centre for Organizational Health & Development, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
  • 2Gerard Zwetsloot Research & Consultancy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Psychosocial risk management [Psychosocial Risk Management Approach (PRIMA)] has, through the years, been applied in several organizations in various industries and countries globally. PRIMA principles have also been translated into international frameworks, such as PRIMA-EF (European framework) and the World Health Organization Healthy Workplace Framework. Over the past 10 years, an oil and gas company has put efforts into adopting and implementing international frameworks and standards for psychosocial risk management. More specifically, the company uses a PRIMA.
This study explores available quantitative and qualitative risk data collected through the PRIMA method over the past 8 years in order to explore specific and common psychosocial risks in the petroleum industry.
The analyses showed a significant correlation between job resources and symptoms of workrelated stress, there was a significant correlation between job demands and symptoms of work-related stress, and there were differences in psychosocial risk factors and symptoms of work-related stress onshore and offshore. The study also offers recommendations on how the results can further be utilized in building a robust system for managing psychosocial risks in the industry.
The results from the analyses have provided meaningful and important information about the company-specific psychosocial risk factors and their impact on health and well-being.


oil and gas industry; psychosocial risk factors; psychosocial risk management
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