The Healthy and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently focusing on its Go Home Healthy campaign. This campaign has been developed to raise awareness of the risks to health that workers across many industries in the UK face on a daily basis. Their focus is to get each and every trades-person home in a fit and healthy state at the end of every single day.
12.5 million working days are lost each year as a result of Work-related Stress, costing the UK economy a staggering £5 billion in total. It is the second most commonly reported case of occupational ill health in the UK. Work-related Stress includes stress, depression and anxiety and is commonly caused by excessive pressure and demands within the workplace.
Stress is defined as: “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them”.
An estimated total of 526,000 workers are affected by Work-related Stress annually. Companies have a legal duty to protect their employees from the causes of work-related stress, which includes carrying out a Risk Assessment and acting on the results.
THSP Risk Management’s Risk Assessment Builder (RAB) enables organisations to create tailored Risk Assessments for all areas of work they undertake. Free with the Business Safe service, the RAB is also available as a standalone product following on from a 21-day free trial.
The most effective way of avoiding work-related stress is to have correct Management Standards. The only way to make this effective is with correct training of managers within the organisation. THSP Risk Management offers different levels of training in Health and Safety for all levels of management and leadership.
The key causes of stress and the percentage of people affected by those areas as follows:
- Changes at work – 8%
- Violence, threats or bullying – 13%
- Lack of support – 14%
- Workload – 44%
- Other – 21%
So what can you do to help? The first step is quite simple – help spread awareness to everyone within the industry. The HSE is running their campaign through twitter; #WorkRight, and on Facebook; Go Home Healthy. They also offer a downloadable campaign pack to help everyone get involved.