Occupational Health and Safety/Wellbeing

HIV/AIDS management in South African construction firms

This project explores the nature, cost and effectiveness of interventions by management within construction organizations in relation to HIV/AIDS and the barriers to improving them.

Private sector employer involvement in HIV/AIDS management for workers is increasingly necessary in South Africa due to the strain on government health funding and resources.

Dates: 2009 - ongoing
Funding: South Africa (NRF)
Host institution: University of Cape Town
Researchers: Professor P A Bowen (UCT), Professor K Cattell (UCT), Dr P J Edwards (RMIT)

Work-related stress among construction professionals in South Africa

This project explores the nature, extent, causal factors, effect and coping mechanisms for work-related stress among professionals in several disciplines in the construction industry in South Africa.

The construction industry is renowned as a stressful environment at all levels, with strain effects that can impact severely on work-life balance in terms of family, social and community perspectives.

Dates: 2010 - ongoing
Funding: South Africa (NRF)
Host institution: University of Cape Town
Researchers: Professor P A Bowen (UCT), Professor K Cattell (UCT), Dr P J Edwards (RMIT), Professor H Lingard (RMIT)

Job satisfaction of South African quantity surveyors

This project used web-survey techniques to explore aspects of job satisfaction among professional quantity surveyors in South Africa.

Employee job satisfaction is increasingly a matter of concern for employers. A web-based national questionnaire survey of the opinions of registered South African quantity surveyors was undertaken to measure factors including: job satisfaction, choice of career, gender and race in the workplace and harassment and discrimination at work.

Dates: 2006 - 2008
Funding: South Africa (NRF and ASAQS)
Host institution: University of Cape Town
Researchers: Professor P A Bowen (UCT), Professor K Cattell (UCT), Dr G Distiller (UCT), Dr P J Edwards (RMIT)

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