Work, Stress and Health 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations

Call for proposals available spring 2014.

About the Conference

The eleventh International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, "Work, Stress and Health 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations," will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza on May 6-9, 2015, with preconference workshops and opening events on May 6. This conference is convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

Scope

The Work, Stress and Health Conference series addresses the ever-changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers. The conference covers numerous topics of interest to labor, management, practitioners and researchers, such as work and family issues, new forms of work organization, changing worker demographics, best practices for preventing stress and improving the health of workers and their organizations. Expert presentations and informal meetings with leading scientists and practitioners will provide an exciting forum for learning about the latest developments in occupational health psychology.

Sustainability, Occupational Safety and Health

This year, the conference will give special attention to the concept of "sustainability," and the integral role of occupational safety and health in sustainable economic growth. For enterprises, sustainability refers to the potential for maintenance of business success over the long term. For workers, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being. However, it has become increasingly clear that these two conditions are inextricably connected. In business, sustainability efforts have most commonly focused on environmental responsibility — at least historically so. But this is changing. Increasingly, corporate sustainability interests have expanded to include social responsibility, labor practices and occupational and environmental safety and health. 

Underlying this development is increasing evidence, on one hand, of the economic threat of hazardous working conditions. The International Social Security Administration estimates that the economic burden of work-related injury alone is equivalent to 4 percent of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and, in some countries, as high as 10 percent of the GDP. In the U.S., annual costs of occupational injuries and disease have been calculated at $250 billion. On the other hand, is mounting evidence of superior market performance of enterprises that nurture a culture of health and incorporate social concerns in their sustainability efforts. Thus, sustainable work and health are integral to organizational and economic sustainability.

Proposals for Symposia, Posters and Platform Presentations

Although the conference is enthusiastic about receipt of proposals addressing all designated topics, we are especially eager to receive proposals for symposia, posters and platform presentations that address this sustainability theme. Examples of such proposals include, but are not limited to proposals providing: 

  1. Descriptions or case reports of organizational sustainability initiatives or practices that place a premium on occupational safety and health elements, and the benefits of these practices in terms of worker well-being, organizational effectiveness and broader societal and economic outcomes.
  2. More generally, the results of studies that investigate how exposure to hazardous and stressful work arrangements and the associated health and safety consequences create burdens (e.g., impaired performance and presenteeism, health care costs, labor turnover and so forth) to organizations and societies that threaten their sustainability, or the mirror image — how salutogenic work arrangements are associated with the ability for organizations and society to prosper.

We invite researchers, business and organizational representatives, labor leaders, and medical and social science professionals with interests in occupational safety and health to submit proposals for poster presentations, papers, interactive panels and symposia that address any of the conference topics.