In 2008 the Italian Ministry of Health, dedicated part of the economic resources of the Occupational Health Research Programme to the development of a cross national survey for the implementation of a permanent perception system for OSH risks.
INAIL Research Area developed the project proposal “Development of models for a permanent surveying system of workers and the other OSH actors’ risk perception at the workplace”, which was financed by the Ministry of Health.
The “INSuLa” research programme, coordinated by the INAIL Department of Occupational Medicine, started in 2010. It is composed of a main pillar focused on a sample of 8000 workers, 1000 employers and 631 Safety Managers and of three specific focusses on 1237 Company Physicians, 600 Workers Representatives for Safety and 585 professionals employed in the Workplace Prevention Services located in the Local Health Services.
The analysis of the scientific literature, the benchmarking of the main European Surveys on working conditions and a workshop to discuss about some key points to be highlighted in the survey with a number of international experts on the topic, allowed the identification of specific research indicators. Also some critical issues specifically related to the Italian situation were identified, such as the little number of actors involved in previous surveys; the scarce availability of tools suitable to spot differences in risk perception among different OSH actors; and the lack of a permanent surveying infrastructure for OSH issues.
After three years of activity, during which all the figures involved in the survey have been interviewed and data analysis have been carried out, INAIL is now in the process of printing the final report and will officially present the results of the INSuLa research programme during a national conference taking place on 3-4 July 2014 in Rome, at INAIL’s Headquarters.