Health initiative aims to tackle stress in the workplace

A major new awareness initiative on preventing work-related stress has been launched today by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A full media advertising campaign has been launched by the group to increase awareness among managers in UK companies of all sizes.

Initially aimed at public sector workers where levels of reported incidence of stress are highest, a series of advertisements will advise managers of schools, hospitals, police and emergency services on steps to take in preventing the condition.

Stress is the second biggest cause of work-related illness in the UK with one in five workers reporting they have been affected by it.

Elizabeth Gyngell, Head of HSE’s Health Directorate, said: “Stress management should become part of corporate culture as a preventative measure. Our aim is to prevent people being affected by work-related stress. There are early warning signs of stress that managers can look for and steps that can be taken to reduce its effects.”

Part of the campaign will be to encourage organisations to send for HSE’s detailed guide: ‘Tackling work-related stress: a manager's guide to improving and maintaining employee health and well-being’.

Work-related stress is also the focus for this year's European Week for Safety and Health, beginning on 14 October 2002. Organisations throughout the UK are being urged to run stress prevention campaigns that HSE then rewards with certificates and, in some cases, awards.


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