3.1 Societies

In Europe, the only society that is solely dedicated to occupational health psychology is the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP). The Academy was established in 1997 as a result of a collaboration between academics in Britain, Denmark and Sweden and its first Annual Conference was held in Lunds Universiteit, Sweden, the following year (1998). Its next Conference, now firmly established on a biennual basis, is in the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2012. In 2000, the European Academy adopted the journal Work & Stress and then introduced its own annual publication Occupational Health Psychology: A Review of Education, Research and Practice which is now published by the University of Nottingham Press. For more information: http://eaohp.org

In the USA, the development and promotion of occupational health psychology was originally managed through a partnership between the US National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and the American Psychological Association (APA). The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology is an APA publication. In 2006, academics in the universities supporting occupational health psychology formed the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

The EAOHP and SOHP together with NIOSH and APA and the two main occupational health psychology journals, Work & Stress, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology form the International Coordinating Group for Occupational Health Psychology. This was established in 2002 and meets annually at the conferences of the EAOHP and of the SOHP, NIOSH and APA.

There are a number of other societies and bodies which have an interest in occupational health psychology but none of these are solely dedicated to the area. They include the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP) and the International Commission for Occupational Health (ICOH Work & Organisational Factors). Both the World Health Organisation (Occupational Health) and the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (Bilbao) have an expressed interest in the area.