07/18/2005

Standards for Work-related Stress

The UK - Trades Union Congress worker representatives have published a new
guide to stress at work. Workplace stress has been viewed as a major problem by
trade unions since the 1980's. It is due in part to work by unions that stress
is now recognised as one of the main ill health concern in the workplace.

Unfortunately while many employers have accepted that stress is a major problem
in their workplace, few have any idea how to tackle iteffectively.

Unions have a major part to play in ensuring that the employer takes their
responsibilities to tackle work-related stress seriously. Dealing with stress
at work highlights the fact that health and safety is not divorced from the
rest of a union's industrial activity. Unions and employers working together to
invest in health and safety can result in a vast improvement in other aspects
of industrial relations and a working environment in which stress is managed
properly.

The guide gives:


  • a background to the problem of stress;
  • Outlines what the standards are;
  • Says what employees and employer must do;
  • explains the process;
  • informs where to go for additional information.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work