Work Organisation and Psychosocial Factors


The ICOH Scientific Committee on Work Organization & Psychosocial Factors (WOPS) was first formed as a Working SC in 1993 at Nice, France, and it was approved as a formal SC in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. The first WOPS conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1998. Subsequent conferneces were held in Okayama, Japan (2005), Quebec, Canada (2008), Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2010), and Adelaide, Australia (2014). Past Chairs included Professor Michiel Kompier (Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Nentherlands) and Professor Norito Kawakami (The University of Tokyo, Japan) while past Secretaries included Professor Amanda Griffiths (University of Nottingham, UK) and Professor Judith Sluiter (University of Amsterdam, Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, the Netherlands).

Apart from the current Chair, Professor Stavroula Leka, and Secretary, Dr Akihito Shimazu, Professor Maureen Dollard from the University of South Australia and Dr Irene Houtman from TNO in the Netherlands are involved in WOPS activities as co-chairs.

WOPS aims to promote awareness, research and education, to disseminate good practices, and to influence policy development in the area of work organization and psychosocial factors. Psychosocial factors concern aspects of work organization, design and management. If managed well they can lead to individual, organizational and societal well-being and sustainability. However, in the opposite scenario, they may have negative impact at these three levels.

Our SC has contributed to the development of key policies, research, guidance and standards in this area for the European Commission, the Europen Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO).

ICOH-WOPS maintains close collaboration with other ICOH SCs, in particular Cardiology in Occupational Health, Ageing and Work, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Occupational Health and Development, Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Health, Women Health and Work, Neurotoxicology and Psychophysiology, and Shiftwork and Working Time.

WOPS has also established collaboration in the area of psychosocial factors at work with WHO, ILO, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP), the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP), the Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work, the Latin American Research Network of Researchers on Psychosocial Factors at Work (RIFAPT), and the Ibero-American Network for Work-related Psychosocial Risks (RIPSOL).

The next ICOH-WOPS conference is scheduled to take place in Mexico City in 2017. We also aim to develop a WOPS position paper by that time. For further information on our SC and its activities and to get involved, please contact our Chair and Secretary or check our website at: http://www.icohweb.org/site/scientific-committee-detail.asp?sc=33

Website now available mental.m.u-tokyo.ac.jp/wops/
Scientific Committees Reports Triennium 2012-2015 now available here.
17-19 September 2014 - Work Organization and Psychosocial Factors 2014 Conference

Officers for Triennum 2015-2018

Chair

Secretary

Prof. Stavroula LEKA
Centre for Organizational Health & Development
University of Nottingham School of Medicine Level B
Yang Fujia Building Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1158466662
Fax: +44 1158466625

Email: Stavroula.Leka@nottingham.ac.uk

Dr. Akihito SHIMAZU
Department of Mental Health,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
7-3-1 Hongo
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
Japan

Phone: +81 3 5841 3612
Fax: +81 3 5841 3612

Email: ashimazu@m.u-tokyo.ac.jp