Managing Work-related Stress
Sheila Pantry OBE
2014 European Week for Safety and Health at Work, a highlight of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign took place at the end of October with hundreds of events held across Europe to mark the occasion. Keeping with the current theme – Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress – the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its community of partners got Europe talking about stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace and how we can tackle them together.
Dr Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA said: “This is an issue which can have enormous costs for both the health of employees and of businesses. With work-related stress being the second most frequently reported health problem in Europe and with costs to businesses of mental health disorders estimated at around 240 billion Euros per year, this is something that we simply cannot afford to ignore. As is evident from the week’s full programme of events, our network across Europe is doing a good job to make sure employers and employees do take notice.”
Partners of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign − including enterprises, employer and employee representatives, as well as OSH specialists held a variety of ways to highlight the campaign messages: there were press conferences in Belgium and Slovenia, training activities in the UK, a conference in Iceland, and a Healthy Workplaces film screening in Estonia. Events were held not only at national level – Europe’s regions also got in on the action!
For interesting facts and figures across Europe see report listed in https://osha.europa.eu/en/surveys-and-statistics-osh
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