HSE research helps employers tackle work-related stress

The Health and Safety Executive has published new research which looks at how employers can tackle work-related stress in their organisations.

The research report, Organisational Interventions for Work Stress: A risk management approach, describes the results of work by a team at the University of Nottingham led by Professor Tom Cox. It presents a risk management-based approach to reducing work stress.

The approach to tackling stress described in the research is illustrated by six case studies, drawn from 19 different projects conducted in collaboration with ten major British companies. The companies that took part were all large organisations, employing more than 250 people.

The HSE is taking the subject seriously with its National Stress Awareness Day on 1 November 2000. “I would encourage employers to use the day as an opportunity to initiate a dialogue with their employees to understand where problems and solutions lie. Businesses that tackle work-related stress will find the rewards in healthy, productive, people,” said a HSE spokesman.

Copies of Organisational interventions for work stress: A risk management approach by T Cox, A Griffiths, C Barlowe, R Randall and E Rial-Gonzalez, ref. CRR 286/2000, ISBN 0 7176 1838 2, price £25.00, can be ordered online at http://www.hsebooks.co.uk or are available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2WA, tel: 01787-881165 or fax: 01787-313995.









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