Cross-sectional study of the seafarers’ psycho-social working environment

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The seafaring employees often face more difficult working conditions in the sea than the employees working on land. Their mental health is affected by the environment in which they live, often coupled with long working hours that contribute to stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression and suicide. The quality of the mental work environment is dependent on a number of well-known indicators which are the object for this study.

To provide systematic and current knowledge about the psycho-social working environment for seafarers in in three countries: Thailand, Denmark and Iceland. The survey of the psycho-social working conditions is intended to be part of a joint program (the Maritime Health and Safety Monitoring Program) and the surveys are intended to be repeated every 3-5 years. The aim is to deliver a valid basis for a continuously update of good and safe working environments at sea.

A cross-sectional study will be performed by the use of mail distributed questionnaires to a sample of seafarers originate from the respective countries. The content is demographic information, questions about psychosocial work environment, ways that work affects seafarers’ private life and family, about the company they work at and about their own health and well-being. More specifically, the Copenhagen Psycho-social Questionnaire (COPSQ) will be used. This was developed by the National Centre for the Working Environment Copenhagen, Denmark. It has been used in many countries in different languages and validation studies shown to be a valid tool for workplace assessment of the psychosocial work environment.

Expected results
The results will be used as situation analysis for the industry to make informed decisions. When the employees filled in the questionnaire, the overall results for the workplace and for each of the departments are calculated. If the survey seems to indicate issues with the psychosocial work environment, the work environment committee or other relevant actors at the workplace should discuss how to act on the basis of the results. The results could help initiate prevention strategies on board. In addition, these may fuel the discussions for reforms in the respective working environments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date12. Feb 2020
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 12. Feb 2020
EventThe First International Conference in South East Asia on the Future of Maritime Technology & Use of the Sea - Kasetart University, Pattya, Thailand
Duration: 12. Feb 202014. Feb 2020


ConferenceThe First International Conference in South East Asia on the Future of Maritime Technology & Use of the Sea
LocationKasetart University

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