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Measures for managing psychosocial risks in vocational education and training organizations

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational and Environmental Safety and Health
EditorsPedro M. Arezes , João S. Baptista, Mónica P. Barroso, Paula Carneiro, Patrício Cordeiro , Nélson Costa, Rui B. Melo, A. Sérgio Miguel, Gonçalo Perestrelo
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14730-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14729-7
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameStudies in Systems, Decision and Control
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)2198-4182
ISSN (Electronic)2198-4190


In Finland, vocational education and training (VET) providers are responsible for organizing vocational education in their respective regions. VET providers’ personnel consist of teachers, support services personnel and managers. Today, VET providers are facing major organizational changes due to educational reform and the tight economic situation. In these situations, VET providers’ personnel may encounter decreased occupational health and safety (OHS) due to psychosocial risks. The problems arising from organizational changes are often interpreted as deficiencies in the competence of personnel or as stemming from occupational burden. At the same time, activities promoting the well-being of personnel often focus on individual physical activity. However, organizational resolutions are needed to improve OHS and the well-being of personnel in VET. The objective of this study is to generate measures for managing psychosocial risks in VET organizations. Six large VET providers with approximately 3700 full-time employees participated in the study. An interview study was carried out to investigate employees’ conceptions of their OHS risk factors and the possibilities to reduce their overburden. A total of 58 people representing teachers, support service personnel and managers were interviewed. The interview results were qualitatively analysed and validated in workshops. Based on the analysis, a collection of organizational measures to improve OHS of personnel and to reduce their overburden were suggested. The measures provide a systematic and practical approach for managing psychosocial risks in VET and other educational organizations.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Occupational health and safety, Psychosocial risks, Vocational education and training

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland