3054.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Occupational Stress: Our Experiences, the Lessons Learned, and the Way Forward, Part I

As work intensifies in more and more jobs, and other changes affect how long we work, how we work and for whom and where, the related stressors are taking an increasing toll on workers' health. With more than 25 years of studying work-related stressors and consequent stress under our belts, it's time to examine what we know and strategise about future directions. This round-table session will give participants a unique opportunity to discuss theory, findings, practicalities and possibilities with resource people from a wide range of experiences in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Topics to be covered are: the cardiovascular effects of stress, how stressors affect women's reproductive system, what changes could be made to the job strain/demand-control-support model, the links between work stress and musculoskeletal problems, working women's stress and stressors in assembly line work. Examples will come from jobs such as car and meat packing plants, clerical hospital work, general health care work, the public sector and newspapers. Following discussion of the topics, participants will be asked to list the lessons from the research, consider where unions and the researchers connected to them should be focussing their efforts, and strategise about how to do this
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Dorothy E. Wigmore
Table 1Ergonomic analysis of the work of hospital receptionists and implications for evaluating psychosocial stressors in women's jobs
Karen Messing, PhD, Ana Maria Siefert
Table 2What do we know about how stress affects women's reproductive systems?
Leonor Cedillo, PhD
Table 3What do we know about musculoskeletal disorders and stress? Collaboratively scoping the problem, developing recommendations and ergonomic policies and implementing them
Sue Ferrier, Donald Cole, Dr, John Deverell
Table 4What do we know about stress in assembly line work?
Jackie Nowell, Dorothy Wigmore
Table 5What's missing from the job strain/demand-control-support model?
Carles Muntaner, MD, PhD
Table 6What do we know about the cardiovascular effects of stress?
Paul A. Landsbergis, PhD, MPH, Peter Schnall
Sponsor:Occupational Health and Safety
Cosponsors:Chiropractic Health Care; Environment; Epidemiology; Labor Caucus; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Social Work; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA