HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK AS PREDICTORS OF QUALITY OF WORKING LIFE: EMPIRICAL STUDIES AMONG WORKERS IN MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENTS
Yanka P. Prodanova and Todor G. Kundurzhiev
ABSTRACT - This study explores the factor conditionality of the quality of working life from healthy and safe working conditions among workers of eight healthcare establishments in Bulgaria. 510 employees completed a QWL questionnaire and assessed several claims related to a healthy and safe work environment. The results showed statistical significance between age, general and special work experience, and the subjective feeling of safe working conditions. A statistically significant positive correlation relationship between QWL and issues pertaining to the subjective perception of health and safety at work was observed. This was observed both in the overall assessment and for all seven subscales: workforce, remuneration, workplace, organization management, professional careers, social security and social benefits. A major factor is "attack security (physical or verbal)". The results are discussed in the context of research and practice implications.
Keywords: Quality of Working Life (QWL), Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), medical establishments, health workers, healthcare