Firms and organisations in the UK are more likely than their counterparts in other European countries to have an action plan designed to prevent stress among their workers, a new survey suggests.
Well over half (57%) of British establishments surveyed have a plan in place to prevent work-related stress.
That compares to an average of just 33% across Europe and under 10% in Estonia and the Czech Republic.
‘Risk assessments hinge on worker participation’
The findings are contained in the European Agency for Safety and Health and Work’s (EU-OSHA) new survey on new and emerging workplace safety and health risks.
The research covers nearly 50,000 firms, hospitals, schools and other organisations in 36 European countries.
The survey also suggests that organisations are far likelier to carry out risk assessments if their workers participate in the management of occupational safety and health (OSH).
A big majority (85%) of those with formal employee representation say they carry out risk assessments. But that proportion dips to just 64% among those whose workers don’t take part in managing OSH.
‘Time pressures are big risk factor’
Just over three-quarters (77%) of the organisations say they’ve identified at least one psychosocial risk factor in their workplace – something that can affect workers’ approach to their work and their relationships with supervisors and colleagues.
More than half (58%) have to cope with difficult customers, patients or pupils is a risk factor while 43% report that tight deadlines and other time pressures are problematic.
Two-fifths (41%) say they don’t have enough information to be able to assess such workplace risks. The study also suggests that staying within the law is the reason why 85% of organisations address OSH issues.
Date Published: April 20, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown