Are you addressing stress in your work place?

September 18, 2014   //   No Comments

This year’s European Safety week, from 20th to 26th October, will focus on managing stress in the workplace.

The main aim of the week is to increase awareness of stress at work. This is an excellent opportunity to review your staff and how they cope with the everyday necessity of working with grieving families and the deceased.  Posters and guidance will be available via the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk/stress/index.htm and www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/campaign-material/poster-and-leaflets.

Stress is the second most frequently reported work related health problem in Europe and, along with other psychosocial risks, is thought to account for more than half (50–60 %) of all lost working days. A poor psychosocial work environment can have significant negative effects on workers’ health.  Psychosocial risks occur in every workplace, but even with only limited resources they can be successfully assessed and managed. This campaign provides support and guidance for workers and employers in managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks, and promotes the use of practical, user friendly tools to facilitate this.

Of course there is no legal duty to pay any attention to this campaign at all, but please bear in mind that the HSE and local authorities do take it seriously and pay an active interest. So if you have the posters on the wall you are already off to a good start, should an inspector make a visit.