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Work ‘MOTs’ to tackle stress

first_imgWork ‘MOTs’ to tackle stressOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Safety reps will be urged to carry out risk assessments to identify and dealwith hotspots of work-related stressWorkers will be urged to carry out stress ‘MOTs’ of their workplaces thisautumn, as part of this year’s European Week for Safety and Health. The TUC will be encouraging union safety representatives to carry out riskassessments and use TUC checklists to help identify and tackle hotspots ofwork-related stress. A national conference on workplace stress will be held during the week,which runs from 14 to 20 October. The TUC is co-ordinating its workplace activities through theYorkshire-based occupational health and safety organisation, Worksafe. Some five million workers say their job is stressful, with about 500,000experiencing work-related stress at levels that make them ill. This is leadingto a loss of 6.5 million working days each year, estimates the TUC. Owen Tudor, TUC head of policy, said: “Fundamentally, it is, like allhealth and safety issues, a management problem. The one root cause of stress atwork is poor management, and good management can relieve the causes andsymptoms of workplace stress.” At the same time, the HSE has published a free newsletter and action pack topromote this year’s activities. The pack includes a 12-page newsletter, posters, stickers, fact sheets,postcards and leaflets all of which focus on the “stress” theme. The week is organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health and hastaken place five times since 1996. Last year an estimated 25,000 enterprises took part, reaching 9.3 millionemployees. More than 105,000 action packs were issued. As part of its strategy of tackling workplace stress, the Health and SafetyExecutive has been developing management standards designed to give employers aclear yardstick against which to set their own management performance inreducing stress. The first pilot of these standards will begin next year, with the finalphase starting in 2005. The HSE pack for this year’s event can be ordered by calling 0800 0850050,or online, through its website. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more