Health & Safety Essentials: Occupational Health
Health & Safety Essentials Part 5 - Occupational Health
In recent times, it has been found that incidents of stress have significantly increased. The HSE have published "Management Standards" for work-related stress which state that if stress is not properly managed, the possible results may include poor health and well-being for employees, lower productivity and potentially; increased sickness absence.
The Management Standards cover the 6 primary sources of stress at work:
- Demands - the workload, work patterns and work environment
- Control - how much control the employee has in the way they can undertake their work
- Support - the sponsorship, encouragement and resources provided by managers and colleagues in the workplace
- Relationships - how unacceptable behaviour is handled and promoting positive working
- Role - whether employees have conflicting roles and whether employees understand their role within the firm
- Change - how organisational change is managed and communicated in the firm
The HSE recommend that employers regularly undertake risk assessments for individual employees, allowing a good assessment of the current working situation. Employers should work with employees, building relationships and trust and decide on practical improvements that can be made.
You must educate your employees about the health risks that may affect them at work, not just the obvious injuries that could occur, but other less obvious health issues. You must take practical steps to alleviate this risk as much as is reasonably practicable.
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