Occupational safety and health and psychosocial factors

Occupational safety and health and psychosocial factors

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Stress factors related to job content

To what extent do the following stress factors related to the content of work occur at your workplace?

202320162023201620232016202320162023201620232016202320162023201620232016Monotonous workToo demanding work tasksPoor opportunities to utilise or develop one's own skillsConstant work interruptionsExcessive amount of informationGreat responsibility for matters such as the safety, health orfinancial affairs of another personValue conflicts or ethical issuesDifficult interaction situations, e.g. challenging work withclientsThreat of violence, for example, in work with clientsPercentage of responses (%)0102030405060708090100Occurs constantlyOccurs to an extentDoes not occur almost at allCannot say

The occupational safety and health panel is a survey that is targeted at the occupational safety and health personnel and focuses on topics of current interest related to work life. In 2023, the changing theme was occupational safety and health and psychosocial factors of work.


The results are based on the occupational safety and health panel, an electronic survey about occupational safety and health activities and topical matters related to current workplace activities and well-being sent once a year to a set of people in the occupational safety and health personnel register. The theme of the 2016 occupational safety and health panel was psychosocial stress factors and their assessment in workplaces. In the 2023 survey, we used some of the same questions, which made it possible to compare them over time.

The purpose of the occupational safety and health panel is to support the occupational safety and health personnel’s work: the results give tips on the matters to which attention should be paid at workplaces. The survey also provides information about the status of current topics related to work life at Finnish workplaces.

The panel is carried out in co-operation by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and the Centre for Occupational Safety.

What the graphs describe

The graphs present the occupational safety officers' and occupational safety representatives' own assessment of the psychosocial factors at work.

The data consists of a survey carried out in November–December 2023, with a total of 597 respondents. Of the respondents, 65% were occupational safety officers and 33% were occupational safety representatives. In the 2016 panel, there was a total of 822 respondents of whom 68% were occupational safety officers and 32% were occupational safety representatives.

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Minna Toivanen

+358 30 474 2665

Hanna Uusitalo

+358 30 474 8666

Jarna Savolainen

+358 40 561 2022

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