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European Health and Safety Week will focus on stress for second year running

Posted by Tracy Seward

UNISON is encouraging employers and branches to work together to tackle work-related stress following the announcement that the theme for this year’s European Health and Safety Week will be stress and other psychosocial risks for the second year running.

Employers and branches should consider:

  • conducting a stress audit using the HSE stress management tool
  • conducting an adequate risk assessment on stress and putting in place appropriate measures of prevention and control
  • developing effective stress management policies and procedures.

This year European Health and Safety Week will begin on Monday 19 October. So now is a good time to start having joint discussions. Use the week to conduct an audit or survey, as a target for the review or implementation of a stress risk assessment, or to review or launch the current or a new policy and procedure.

In a recent survey for UNISON by the Labour Research Department, 90% of safety rep respondents identified stress as being within their top five hazards at work. Nearly half identified it as the most important. Other factors which contribute towards workplace stressors such as bullying and harassment, violence, and excessive workloads were also key areas identified by the survey.

This is why UNISON is calling for branches to support the 2015 European Health and Safety Week which aims to get employers to assess and manage psychosocial risks, as they would any other workplace hazard.

Search ‘stress’ in the document library for useful information, tips and guidance.

For more information on the Stress Awareness for Employees eLearning course, please click here.

For more information on the Stress Awareness for Managers eLearning course, please click here.

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UNISON
June 2015

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