5.1 Assessing risks at work
he experience of work stress is a challenge to the health and safety
of workers and to the healthiness of their organizations. Employers
should have a policy for the management of worker health that
makes reference to work stress. They should enable that policy to be
implemented by putting the appropriate arrangements in place. Such
arrangements should address the issues of risk assessment, timely reaction
and rehabilitation. Organizational level strategies for managing existing
work stress focus on combating the risks at source.
Work stress can be effectively managed by applying a risk management
approach as is successfully done with other major health and safety
problems. A risk management approach assesses the possible risks in
the work environment that may cause particular existing hazards to
cause harm to employees. A hazard is an event or situation that has
the potential for causing harm. Harm refers to physical or psychological
deterioration of health. The causes of stress are hazards related to the
design and management of work and working conditions, and such
hazards can be managed and their effects controlled in the same way
as other hazards.
What you can do
5.1 Assessing risks at work T he experience of work stress is a challenge to the health and safety of workers and to the healthiness of their organizations.