A Third Successful Work and Stress Conference

APA, in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA/DOL), convened the third interdisciplinary conference on occupational stress and health. 'Work, Stress, and Health '95: Creating Healthier Workplaces,' was held in Washington, DC, September 14-16, 1995. Over 850 individuals representing a broad range of occupations, perspectives, and settings attended the conference.

'Work, Stress, and Health '95' addressed new research findings, prevention/intervention programs, and policy in the following four major areas:

  1. Stress, Health, and the Changing Nature of Work and Organizations with special emphasis on organizational restructuring; realignment; downsizing; and their impact on individuals, families, and the workforce.
  2. Social and Environmental Equity in the Workplace with special emphasis on the contingent workforce; child labor; diversity and the changing workforce; and lifestyle and privacy issues.
  3. Workplace Violence including job-stress risk factors; prevalence; effects on workers, families, and organizations; and prevention practices and policies.
  4. Health Effects, Policy, Prevention, and Intervention including job-stress intervention strategies; healthcare costs of stress; international policies, legislation, and standards; and evaluation methods.

Leading experts from over 20 countries presented state-of-the-art research and model program information on the causes, scope, and control of work stress and health problems. Joseph A. Dear, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, and Richard A. Lemen, PhD, Assistant Surgeon General, Deputy Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, delivered opening keynote addresses. Two sessions focused on the new field of Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) as it takes shape in England, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States, with special mention given to the new OHP postdoctoral program administered by APA.

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