Work-Related Risk Factors and Employee Substance Use: Insights From a Sample of Israeli Blue-Collar Workers

Michal Biron, Peter A. Bamberger, Tamir Noyman

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Abstract

Although studies have found evidence that certain workplace conditions in North American enterprises may serve as risk factors for alcohol and illicit drug use, little is known regarding the generalizability of these findings to enterprises in other countries. To address this gap, we collected data from a random sample of 569 blue-collar workers employed in nine different facilities of one of Israel's largest manufacturing firms. The results of zero-inflated Poisson and ordered probit regressions partly confirmed earlier findings reported in North America, with a heightened rate of a substance use among those perceiving (a) more permissive drinking norms, (b) lower supervisor ability to handle substance use problems, (c) greater exposure to job hazards, and (d) lower levels of coworker interactions. Permissive drinking norms were also found to moderate the associations between the other risk factors and substance use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-263
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drinking norms
  • Illicit drug use
  • Substance use
  • Work-related risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Applied Psychology

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