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EU-OSHA’s next Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-2015

EU-OSHA’s next Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-2015 ‘Manage stress’ starts on 10 April 2014. The campaign will provide support and guidance for workers and employers to recognise and tackle effectively stress at the workplace, and promotes the use of practical tools.


Work-related stress and

psychosocial risks: the facts


•Over half of European workers report that work-related

  stress is common in their workplace.

•Around 4 in 10 workers think that stress is not handled

  well in their workplace.

•Workers are likely to take a significant amount of time off

  work when suffering from work-related stress and other

  psychological problems, or turn up for work but not be

  able to function at full capacity.

•Psychosocial risks and work-related stress give rise

  to significant costs for organisations and national

  economies alike.

•The total costs of mental health disorders in Europe

  (both work and non-work related) are estimated to be

  EUR 240 billion per year.

•Psychosocial risks can be assessed and managed in the

  same systematic way as other occupational safety and

  health risks.

•Managing stress and psychosocial risks at work is

  worthwhile — the benefits to the business outweigh the

  costs of implementation.


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

(EU-OSHA) contributes to making Europe a safer, healthier

and more productive place to work. The Agency researches,

develops, and distributes reliable, balanced, and impartial

safety and health information and organises pan-European

awareness-raising campaigns. Set up by the European

Union in 1996 and based in Bilbao, Spain, the Agency brings

together representatives from the European Commission,

Member State governments, employers’ and workers’

organisations, as well as leading experts in each of the

EU Member States and beyond.


The Healthy Workplaces Campaign is backed by the

EU Council Presidencies, the European Parliament, the

European Commission, and by the European Social Partners

and is coordinated at the national level by the Agency’s

network of focal points (

The campaign

Stress is the second most frequently reported work related

health problem in Europe and, along with other

psychosocial risks, is thought to account for more than half

(50–60 %) of all lost working days. A poor psychosocial

work environment can have significant negative effects on

workers’ health.


Promoting the management of work-related stress and

psychosocial risks, and thereby preventing their significant

negative effects for workers, employers and governments, is

the key aim of this campaign. Effectively tackling psychosocial

risks creates a work environment in which workers stay

healthy, the workplace culture is more positive, and,

consequently, business performance improves.


Psychosocial risks occur in every workplace, but even with

only limited resources they can be successfully assessed and

managed. This campaign provides support and guidance for

workers and employers in managing work-related stress and

psychosocial risks, and promotes the use of practical, userfriendly

tools to facilitate this.


‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’ is a pan-European

campaign, coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and

Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Healthy Workplaces Campaigns are

the largest of their kind in the world and are significant drivers

for change and improvement in workplace safety and health.


Who can take part?


‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’ invites all organisations and

individuals at local, national and European levels to take part.

The campaign is open to:


• all employers in the public and private sectors;

• managers, supervisors and workers;

• trades unions and safety representatives;

• all organisations and individuals dedicated to improving

  safety and health.


How can you get involved?


You can get involved in the Healthy Workplaces Campaign

2014–15 by:


• disseminating and publicising campaign materials to help

  raise awareness of occupational safety and health (a variety

  of campaign materials are available to download from the

  campaign website,;

• organising events and activities such as seminars and


• using and promoting the practical tools available for

  managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks;

• taking part in the European Good Practice Awards

  competition, a scheme that recognises the contributions

  organisations have made to promoting safety and health;

• getting involved in the European Weeks for Safety and Health

  at Work, October 2014 and 2015;

• becoming an official EU campaign partner or national

  campaign partner.



 Key Dates

• Campaign launch: April 2014

• European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work:

  October 2014 and 2015

• Good Practice Awards Ceremony: April 2015

For additional information please visiti

(source: EU-OSHA)

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