QUESTIONNAIRE FOR EMPLOYERS

Hello! My name is _________ and I am calling from market research company Emor. We are conducting a survey about companies'/institutions' working environment, working conditions, occupational healthcare and occupational safety arrangements and costs made for that.

May I speak with the working environment specialist, who is responsible for occupational healthcare and occupational safety or if you do not have a specific person who complies these duties then with the manager of the company/institution.

WILL REPEAT THE INTRODUCTION+ The interview will last about 12 minutes. Are you ready to answer to our questions now or you would like, that I will call back in a more appropriate time for you? Emor will guarantee that your answers will stay anonymous, they will be used only in generalised.

At the beginning some general questions.

1. What is you company's/institution's main field of activity (LIST)

agriculture, forestry, hunting

1

fishery

2

mining

3

food processing

4

textile, clothing and leather industry

5

wood processing

6

metal industry

7

chemical industry

8

electronic industry

9

other processing industry

10

power, gas and water supply

11

construction

12

wholesaling and retailing, technical maintenance and repair

13

hotel, catering

14

transportation, communication, warehousing

15

finance, insurance

16

real estate, renting services, other business services

17

personal service

18

education, healthcare, culture

19

state and local authority

20

other (specify) _______________________

21

2. How many employees work for your company/institution?

1. up to 9 employees

2. 10 - 19 employees

3. 20 - 49 employees

4. 50 - 149 employees

5. 150 - 249 employees

6. 250 - 499 employees

7. 500 or more employees

don't know

3. Does your company/institution have foreign ownership/share ?

  1. yes
  2. no

4. Is your company'/institution' activities directed ...

1. only to domestic market

2. mainly to foreign market

3. to both, domestic and foreign market

5. Are you aware of the law of occupational healthcare and occupational safety, the requirements based on the law set to the working conditions ?

  1. yes
  2. no (Q. 7)

6. Please evaluate on a 10-point scale, where 10 points means completely corresponds and 1 point, that does not correspond at all, how much your company's working conditions correspond to the requirements set by the law of occupational healthcare and occupational safety.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

There are different attitudes, how much the company has to pay attention to the working environment, working conditions.

7. Which statement do you favor, certainly the first, rather the first, rather the second or certainly the second:

  1. Good working environment is a presumption to an effective activity
  2. Working environment is only a background, to what should be paid attention so much, that it wouldn't inhibit working

8. Have you composed the plan of activities to improve working conditions in your company/institution?

  1. yes
  2. no
  3. is in composing
  4. don't know

9. Please evaluate on a 10-point scale, where 10 points means completely consider and 1 point, that do not consider at all, how much do you take into a consideration the proposals that employees do about improving working conditions.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

10. Comparing your company/institution with the other companies/institutions in Estonia in the same field, then is your working environment...

  1. significantly better
  2. somewhat better
  3. on the same level
  4. somewhat worse
  5. significantly worse
  6. don't know

11. Has the Estonian National Labour Inspection inspected your company/institution?

  1. yes (Q. 12)
  2. no (Q. 13)

12. What were the results of the inspecting?

  1. Everything was in order
  2. Made dictations

13. Please give your assessments on a 10-point scale, how big is in your opinion your employees' risk to impair their health at work? 10 points means very big risk and 1 point, no risk at all.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

14. Which of the following critical factors based on the working environment, working conditions or the work characteristics, do you estimate as risk factors to your employees' health ?

dust

1,

noise

2,

vibration

3,

bad lightening

4,

lack of ventilation

5,

temperature (high, low)

6,

dangerous chemicals

7,

forced position, monotonous

8,

physical load

9,

mental stress

10,

other_________

11,

don't have such kind of factors

12

Giving assessments to different sides of company's/institution's working environment on a 10-point scale, where 1 means negative and 10 positive evaluations, then how many points would you give to your company's/institution's...

15.

working conditions in general

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

16. design/ furniture of the workplace

17. work related daily living conditions (dressing- and washing rooms, toilet, coffee rooms)

18. main job - occupation physical difficulties

19. mental stress caused by the job

20. job influence to the health

21. job dangerousness

How much bother does the employees' illnesses to your company's/institution's activities...

Is it fairly big problem, bothers in some extent, generally does not bother, does not bother at all

22.

..single, seasonal diseases

1

2

3

4

23.

..work or occupational diseases ?

1

2

3

4

24.

..other employees health problems

1

2

3

4

25. Have you evaluated economical loss caused by employees' sicknesses - lost working time, undone work.

  1. yes (Q. 26)
  2. no (Q. 27)

26. In your opinion how big this was in 1999?

______________ EEK

27. Have you had work related accidents in your company/institution during the last 3 years?

  1. yes (Q. 28)
  2. no (Q. 29)

28. What has caused the accident at work? (SPONTANEOUS ANSWER)

1, Working conditions

2, Employees negligence

3, other __________

29. Have you spent money during the previous year on..

1, employees vaccination

2, employees health control

3, offering sporting opportunities to employees

4, making insurance contracts to employees in company's/institution's initiative

5, working environment specialist and -representative training and advance training

6, first-aid training

7, measuring working environment risk factors

8, improving working conditions

9, improving work related daily living conditions

10, working clothes and personal protection equipment

If yes, then

By estimation, how much money did you spent in 1999 on ...

30.

employees vaccination

___________

31.

employees health control

___________

32.

offering sporting opportunities to employees

___________

33.

making insurance contracts in company's/institution's initiative

___________

34.

working environment specialist and -representative training and advance training

___________

35.

first-aid training

___________

36.

measuring working environment risk factors

___________

37.

improving working conditions

___________

38.

improving work related daily living conditions

___________

39.

working clothes and personal protection equipment

___________

If not then ask about every factor:

How important do you consider, taking into account your company/institution, that the employer would...

40.

organise its employees vaccination

1

2

3

4

5

41. organise its employees health control

42. support sporting opportunities to employees

43. make health insurance contracts to employees

44. organise training/explanations in work safety questions

45. organise first-aid training

46. make measurements, surveys about working environments in work places

47. improve working conditions

48. improve work related daily living conditions

49. working clothes and personal protection equipment

very necessary

1

rather necessary

2

rather unnecessary

3

completely unnecessary

4

don't know

5

50. Which part of your company's/institution's working environment should be improved?

______________________

51. How big investments, financial expenses would these changes presume?

________________

52. In your company/institution ...

1, works working environment specialist

2, has been chosen among employees working environment representative (s)

3, operates working environment council

4, works trustee

  1. non of them exists
  2. don't know

/will be asked about each person that exists/

53. How would you evaluate their activities' efficiency in improving working environment, is it very big, sufficient, sufficiently small, practically does not exist ?

54. Have you included Occupational Healthcare Service or Occupational Healthcare Specialist into the working condition analyses ?

1 Yes

2 No

3 Don't know

55. What kind of help have you mainly received? /SPONTANEOUS ANSWER!!!!!

1, Carried out workplace risk analyses

2, Controlling and observing employees health conditions

3, Advises in general occupational healthcare and occupational safety questions

4, Advises in choosing and using working and personal protection equipment

5 Other (specify) _________________

6 Don't know

  1. have not received help

56. Type of settlement?

Tallinn

1

Tartu, Pärnu, Narva or Kohtla-Järve

2

centre of county

3

small town

4

village

5

That was or last question. Thank you for your answers! Good-bye!


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