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European Health and Safety Campaign

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a two year Europe-wide campaign: ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’. The prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is startling. EU-OSHA’s latest pan-European opinion poll revealed that 51 % of workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace.

However, together employers and workers can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress and psychosocial risks; the Healthy Workplaces Campaign aims to help companies do this. 
For the two year campaign, the University has determined a number of initiatives which can contribute to the good management of stress in the organisation. Two aspects of this are being promoted for the campaign week.

  1. Observing our workplaces to ensure the physical risks are identified and managed
  2. Observing ourselves and our colleagues to ensure that we look after our own wellbeing and each other.

For the campaign, we would like all line managers and those in charge of workshops, laboratories, etc. to conduct their periodic inspection during this week.Ideally, it would be good to work with your neighbour to conduct inspections of each other’s work places to encourage impartiality and help you to work together to deal with hazards at source.

A helpful checklist, which can be tailored to your own type of work environment is available via the link:

Workplace inspection checklist

The HSE has developed a Management Competency Indicator Tool, which helps you to evaluate your own approach and identify if there is anything you could differently.

During the Campaign Week we encourage you to test yourself using the form.

Then, if you identify that you would like to improve in any of the four competency areas:

1. Respectful and responsible: managing emotions and having integrity
2. Managing and communicating existing and future work
3. Managing the individual within the team
4. Reasoning/ managing difficult situations

There is a range of support available to you:

Take the opportunity during European Week to observe your team to see if you need to help anyone.

Sometimes the conflicting demands of life can exceed an individual’s ability to cope and, as their line manager, you can help by observing their behaviour and supporting them in the right way.

To be effective, you need to know what signs to look for.

There are a number of obvious and less obvious signs that can be an indicator that one of your team needs extra support.

Follow the link to know what to look for and what support is available:How to spot the signs and what to do next

Take the opportunity during European Week to observe your own behaviour.

Sometimes, positive behaviours can help you be better prepared for problems that might present themselves in your life. Follow the link below to see if there are ways you can help yourself to be more resilient.

Being better prepared

However, sometimes the conflicting demands of life can exceed an individual’s ability to cope. By taking time to reflect on your own behaviour and how you feel, you may be able to identify ways to improve your life or identify if you need any additional support.

If you think your ability to cope is being exceeded and you need that extra help, follow the link:

How to spot the signs and what to do next