HSE stress standards remain a valid tool, study says

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) management standards indicator tool that is used to assess work-related stress remains valid and is a good way of assessing different aspects of distress, including self-perceptions of stress at work.

This is the main conclusion of a study of 760 employees in an Italian municipality that compared the results of using the HSE stress tool with another widely used survey instrument, the Job Content Questionnaire.

Regression highlighted the contribution of each of the HSE tool’s scales in predicting three work-related stress outcomes – self-reported stress, job satisfaction and job motivation (controlled for gender, age and life satisfaction).

Marcatto F et al (2014). “The HSE management standards indicator tool: concurrent and construct validity”. Occupational Medicine, first published online 22 March.

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