Date of filling in this questionnaire or last update: 16/11/2020
JEM name
  University of Valencia and Center for Research in Occupational Health (CISAL), University Pompeu Fabra
Contact person
  Ana M García
References (citation)

  • González Galarzo MC, Ronda-Pérez E, Benavides FG, et al. Factores sociodemográficos y laborales relacionados con la exposición laboral a riesgos psicosociales por ocupación en España [Sociodemographic and Occupational Factors Related to Exposure to Psychosocial Risk Factors by Occupation in Spain. The MatEmESp Project]. Proyecto MatEmESp. Arch Prev Riesgos Labor. 2019; 22 (3): 121-8.
  • Ramoneda Paniagua A, van der Haar R. Actualización de los valores de exposición a polvo de madera incluidos en la matriz empleo-exposición MatEmESp a partir de datos procedentes de la base de datos WOODEX [Update the wood dust exposure values included in the job-exposure matrix MatEmESp by making use of the WOODEX database]. Arch Prev Riesgos Labor. 2016; 19 (1): 22-29. doi: 10.12961/aprl.2016.19.01.4.
  • González-Galarzo MC. Construcción de una matriz empleo-exposición para población laboral española y descripción de las características de la exposición a riesgos ergonómicos y psicosociales y de las condiciones de empleo por ocupación (Proyecto MatEmESp) [doctoral dissertation]. University of Valencia; 2016.
  • González-Galarzo MC, García AM, Gadea Merino R, et al. Exposición a carga física en el trabajo por ocupación: una explotación de los datos en Matriz Empleo-Exposición Española (MatEmESp) [Exposure to ergonomic risk by occupation in Spanish working: a data exploitation of MatEmESp]. Rev Esp Salud Pública. 2013; 87:601-14.
  • García AM, González-Galarzo MC, Kauppinen T, et al. A Job-Exposure Matrix for Research and Surveillance of Occupational Health and Safety in Spanish Workers: MatEmESp. Am J Ind Med. 2013;56(10):1226-38.

References (weblinks)

  • doi: 10.12961/aprl.2019.22.03.2.
  • doi: 10.12961/aprl.2016.19.01.4.
  • doi: 10.4321/S1135-57272013000600005.
  • doi: 10.1002/ajim.22213.

Year JEM was developed

  • Dusts and Fibres
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Metals and Metal Oxides
  • Physical Agents
  • Ergonomics, Physical Workload, and Injury Related
  • Psychosocial Domains
  • Organisation of Work including Working Time
  • Other (specify)


  • Asbestos (any form of asbestos chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, etc. or asbestos-containing material)
  • Other (specify)

Fibres | Specify: Other
  Man-made mineral fibers
Inorganic dusts

  • Quartz (quartz or crystalline silica containing dusts)

Organic dusts

  • Flour dust
  • Wood dust (not specified)

Aliphatic and alicyclic hydrocarbon solvents

  • Gasoline
  • Other (specify)

Aliphatic and alicyclic hydrocarbon solvents | Specify: Other
  Aliphatic/alicyclic hydrocarbon solvents
Aromatic hydrocarbon solvents

  • Benzene
  • Other (specify)

Aromatic hydrocarbon solvents | Specify: Other
  Aromatic hydrocarbon solvents; Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; Benzo(a)pyrene
Chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents

  • Methylene chloride
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Trichloroethanes
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Other (specify)

Chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents | Specify: Other
  Chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents
Organic solvents, other than aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated

  • Formaldehyde
  • Other (specify)

Organic solvents, other than aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated | Specify: Other
  Other organic solvents

  • Thiram
  • Other (specify)

Fungicides | Specify: Other

  • 2,4-D or 2,4,5-T
  • Atrazine
  • Other (specify)

Herbicides | Specify: Other
  Diquat; Diuron

  • Chlorpyriphos
  • Other (specify)

Insecticides | Specify: Other
  Endosulfan; Methomyl; Pyrethrins
Choose Metals and Metals Oxides

  • Arsenic all types
  • Cadmium and all compounds
  • Chromium (metallic chromium, Cr(iii), Cr(vi) and all compounds)
  • Iron (metallic iron and all compounds)
  • Lead and all compounds
  • Nickel and all compounds
  • Other (specify)

Metals and Metal Oxides | Specify: Other
  Welding fumes

  • Heat
  • Noise

Ergonomics, Physical Workload, and Injury Related

  • Awkward work postures (e.g. kneeling/squatting, elevated arms, neck flection, back bent forward without support)
  • Physical work load (e.g. heavy lifting of people or objects, pushing/pulling)
  • Repetitive work movements
  • Sedentary work
  • Standing work
  • Work with video display units (VDU)
  • Other (specify)

Ergonomics, Physical Workload, and Injury Related | Specify: Other
Hazards from other people

  • Violence


  • By co-workers/colleagues
  • By patients/clients/customers

Job task characteristics/organization of work

  • Job control, autonomy
  • Psychological job demands
  • Role conflict/ambiguity/clarity
  • Social support at work from supervisors
  • Skill use opportunities
  • Work engagement
  • Other (specify)

Job task characteristics/organization of work | Specify: Other
  Job insecurity; Esteem
Employment conditions

  • Contract duration
  • Job insecurity
  • Low pay
  • Work contract type (i.e. permanent, term-contract, subcontract, temporary)

Shift work

  • Night (permanent or rotating)

Working hours

  • Duration
  • Regular/variable

Working hours | Other (specify)
  Shift working; Working week-ends
Agents | Other (specify)

  • Bituminous fumes
  • Oil mist
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Isocyanates
  • Sociodemographic characteristics of working force (sex, age, foreigners, education)
  • Employment situation (employer, self-employed, employee, familiar, other)
  • Safety hazards (Falls; Collapses; Lacerations, puncture wounds; Crash; Struck by; Overexertion)

Occupation Axis
Coding system

  • Other

Specify: Other
  Spanish Classification of Occupations (CNO94), a national system based on ISCO88
Coding system (Number of digits used)
Industry Axis
Intensity categories/units

  • Qualitative (specify cut-off points, if applicable)
  • Quantitative (specify unit)

Data source(s)

  • Expert assessment
  • Self-reported data
  • Other

Data source(s) | Other

  • FINJEM exposure estimates (default values)

Studies to which the JEM has been applied: Texts

  • Spanish breast cancer screening programmes
  • MCC-Spain

Studies to which the JEM has been applied: Links


Relation with other JEMs

  • Other

Availability | Other (specify)
  See doi: 10.1002/ajim.22213
  See doi: 10.1002/ajim.22213
Other remarks
  Coding system (Number of digits used): between 1 and 4