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Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress

Date: 14 Apr 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) runs biennial ‘Healthy workplaces campaigns’ on specific health and safety topics. The previous campaign focused on leadership and worker involvement. The Campaign for the next 18 months, formally launched 7th April, is entitled “Healthy workplaces manage stress”.

Stress is a major cause of sickness absence and costs business a great deal of money and causes sufferers a lot of misery. But despite its sensitive nature, stress and other psychosocial risks can be successfully tackled, and reduced; tackling stress in the workplace is worth the effort. It leads to improved worker health, cuts costs related to sickness absence and improves organisational performance.

HSE provides the UK Focal Point for EU-OSHA and has developed a website to support the campaign, attached to its Stress website. This explains the various activities that EU-OSHA are undertaking, there is some useful information in its leaflets as well as explanation of how you can get involved with events, getting your own event noticed  or promoting what you’ve done to tackle stress.

 

Top Tip

“When we think of young people’s health, we think of schools being a key space for engagement, for adults the workplace is a similar space”- Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England Programme Lead for Health and Work.

Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

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