26/06/2007

Stress at Work in Developing Countries - A modern hazard in a traditional working environment

A booklet - recently published by the World Health Organization (WHO) aims at
raising awareness for employers and worker representatives of work-related
stress in developing countries. Work-related stress is an issue of growing
concern in developing countries due to processes of globalization and the
changing nature of work. Raising awareness at an early stage seems all the more
important because work-related stress is also a problem which is far from being
resolved in developed and industrialized countries. Traditionally, the focus of
Occupational Health and Safety initiatives is on chemical, biological and
physical exposures, while the psychosocial risks at work are still largely
neglected and their causes and consequences still insufficiently understood as
they pertain to the developing country context. The current division between
working conditions and the (physical) work environment makes the inclusion of
the psychosocial risks at work harder to identify by most of the Occupational
Health and Safety professionals.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: World Health Organization