Incidence of work-related disorders and absenteeism as tools in the implementation of work environment improvements: the Sweden Post strategy

Ergonomics. 1991 Jun;34(6):841-8. doi: 10.1080/00140139108967355.


In 1989, a comprehensive, five-year work environment project (Postal Work Environment [PWE] 2000) was launched by Sweden Post (SP). Its purpose was to identify the jobs and employees with the most exposed work environments and, in conjunction herewith, to initiate remedial programmes. Standardized interviews with a selection of employees and statistical and epidemiological evaluation of illness absenteeism and occupational injuries served as input data for devising different measures of work-related ill health (subjective complaints, symptoms, illness, illness absenteeism, and occupational injury). The results provided an incentive to regional action programmes, in which 'risk areas and risk occupations' were correlated with the load factors, primarily in ergonomic and work organization areas, cited in interview replies. In its regional efforts. PWE 2000 served as a stimulus/catalyst in the implementation of various regional action programmes.

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism*
  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Environment Design*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Exposure*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sweden