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More than 770 participants from 39 countries gathered in Los Angeles to discuss the latest research on ways to improve worker health at the 10th International
Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, May 16–19.
Over the past decade, the conference co-organizers — APA, the
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology — have
worked together to shape this young but burgeoning field.
In its first few years, the conference dealt mostly with
academic issues, such as risk factors for workplace stress
and methodology for studying it, said Steven Sauter, PhD,
a consultant to NIOSH who has co-chaired the conference
since its inception in 1990. While those have continued to be
important research topics, today’s gatherings are much broader
“We’re looking at a whole range of factors that relate
to reducing the effects of stress in the workplace,” he said.
In addition to exploring health protection, the conference
participants are examining health promotion, the design of
health services in the workplace, the economic cost of job stress
and ways to diffuse this knowledge to employers.
This year’s conference theme — “Promoting and Protecting