4 ways to identify stress hazards in your
Thursday, 11th September, 2014, by Joanna WeekesIn today's Health & Safety Bulletin:
Stress is a common workplace issue and could be a health and safety risk for your workers. This is because it could create a physical or psychological health issue.
You must manage risks caused by stress hazards as part of your health and safety obligations.
What causes stress in the workplace?
Stress can be caused by organisational factors, such as a poorly managed workplace, or environmental factors that cause ongoing irritation or concern.
Organisational stress hazards include:
4 ways to identify stress hazards in your workplace
To identify stress hazards, undertake the following steps:
Until next time,
Health & Safety Bulletin
Managing work-related stress
By Michael Selinger
Editor-in-Chief, Health & Safety Handbook
Work-related stress is a major health and safety issue in any organisation and, while it is not an illness, it can lead to mental and physical health issues if it becomes excessive.
All health and safety legislation throughout Australia imposes a legal duty on a business to do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise risks to workers’ health and safety, including protecting them from the risk of harm due to any stressors at work. In order to do that, a business has to understand the environmental, organisational and individual circumstances that can lead to stress in the first place.
If you are having difficulty identifying where the risk factors are in your organisation, here are two great techniques you can adopt:
Reducing stress levels for your workers’ health is not only important for their wellbeing, it also leads to improved organisational performance. So, in addition to your legal compliance obligations, there are good reasons to carefully review potential stressors in your business and take steps to remove them.
Some key factors that can improve your organisation overall when dealing with work-related stress include:
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