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Questions about the causes or sources of work stress have been the subject of considerable research, as well as public fascination, for several decades. Earlier interest in this issue focused on the question of whether some jobs are simply more inherently stressful than others. Other questions that soon emerged asked whether some individuals were more prone to stress than others. The Handbook of Work Stress focuses primarily on identifying the different sources of work stress across different contexts and individuals.   

Workplace Safety
Workplace safety
LeanneBarlowRoderick D.Iverson
Workplace Safety

There is a plethora of evidence to conclude that occupational stress affects employees' health and well-being (Semmer, 2003). Although there are multiple models of stress (e.g., Karasek & Theorell, 1990; Siegrist, 2001), a common characteristic is the negative psychological and physiological impact on employees. One such impact is workplace safety. Workplace safety is important from a human and economic perspective. In Canada, for example, just over three workers die every working day from an occupational injury, one employee out of 38 is injured seriously enough to miss at least one day of work, and one time-loss injury occurs every 19 seconds worked (Human Resources Development Canada [HRDC], 2000).

In the United States, an estimated 6,529 fatal and approximately 13 million nonfatal ...

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