The aim of this project was to implement the Psychosocial Risk Management Approach (PRIMA) as the application of the risk management framework to psychosocial risks at Statoil. It is based on the principles of prevention in line with occupational health and safety legislation, and aims at risk reduction. It is a systematic process by which hazards are identified, risks analyzed and managed, and workers protected. PRIMA aims at the assessment and management of risks in the psychosocial work environment.

The method is developed at The University of Nottingham, Institute of Work Health and Organization (I-WHO). During the last two years Statoil ASA has in cooperation with I-WHO adjusted the method to Norwegian conditions, and successfully implemented this method into the company's formal risk management process. The method offers an approach to management of psychosocial risks that is similar to management of other HSE risks (e.g. ergonomics, chemicals, noise). The method gives a concrete and manageable approach to relevant psychosocial challenges. It has been thoroughly tested throughout the organization, evaluated and approved by the Health and Working environment discipline council in Statoil. The method has also been found useful in management of organizational change. The method is a tool that ensures primary prevention of psychosocial hazards. It has been tested in office environments interfacing with off-shore and project organizations. PRIMA ensures employee involvement and management commitment in improving Health and Working environment. The next step in the process of utilizing the method in Statoil will entail the development of a system for data management. This will enable Statoil to identify general trends with regards to psychosocial risk, e.g. new organizations, when new offshore installations are designed or modifications are put into place.

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