Objective. Today the Italian national debate over the Work-Related Stress Risk Assessment methodology is rather heated. Several methodological proposals and guidelines have been published in recent months, not least those by the “Commissione Consultiva”. But despite this wide range of proposals, it appears that there is still a lack of attention to some of the basic methodological issues that must be taken into account in order to correctly implement the above-mentioned guidelines. The aim of this paper is to outline these methodological issues. Methods. In order to achieve this, the most authoritative methodological proposals and guidelines have been reviewed. The study focuses in particular on the methodological issues that could lead to important biases if not considered properly. Results. The study leads to some considerations about the methodological validity of a Work-Related Stress Risk Assessment based exclusively on the literal interpretation of the considered proposals. Furthermore, the study provides some hints and working hypotheses on how to overcome these methodological limits. Conclusions. This study should be considered as a starting point for further investigations and debate on the Work-Related Stress Risk Assessment methodology on a national level.
De Ambrogi, F., Ceppi Ratto, E., Note metodologiche ed operative per lavalutazione e la gestione del Rischio Stress Lavoro Correlato., <<GIORNALE ITALIANO DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO ED ERGONOMIA>>, 2011; B (Settembre): 21-27 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/57833]