Hot Topic #13
Stress and Psychosocial Risks
We have a collection of projects dealing with this special topic. Here are some of them, in random order, presented in our TOOLBOX and/or the GOOD PRACTICE area:

Picnic-Basket for the Prevention of Stress Attacks
Germany
The picnic-basket is a micro-site with different interactive offers on: coping with stress; managing and cooperation; communication; qualification and emotional competence. The following offers are made to these topics: online-tests on stress short films from everyday working life, which can be commented on Listening-potpourri „The emotional parachute“ on the topic of emotional competence in the hospitality industry Poster, brochure and articles.
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This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area


Occupational Health Toolkit
UK
The Toolkit is a free resource. It brings together information, guidance, fact sheets, case studies, training materials, presentations and more to help you tackle occupational health problems. Besides Muscoskeletal disorders, Occupational Cancer, Skin Diseases and Inhalation Risks, Stress and Psychosocial Risks is one of the main focuses of this toolkit.
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Napo in… When Stress strikes
Europe
Stress at work accounts for a high percentage of lost working days, and the number of people suffering from stress-related conditions is increasing.
Napo identifies some of the causes of stress at work in his traditional humorous style including excessive demands, low control, constant pressure, unacceptable behaviour, lack of respect, change, bad planning and contradictory instructions which lead to errors, fatigue, burnout, exhaustion and poor performance.
Psychosocial risks at work can be successfully managed, and managing risks improves the wellbeing of workers and the performance of companies. The key is prevention. The film is designed for all work environments and is intended to open up discussion about some of the most difficult issues facing workers, managers and supervisors.
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MindMatters - Promotion of Mental Health through Education
Germany
Originally from Australia, MindMatters is a school based programme for the promotion of mental health in secondary schools (Grade 5 – 10). The German language adaptation was developed and pilot tested within a research project under the lead of Prof. Dr. Peter Paulus at the Leuphana University Lueneburg from 2002 to 2006. MindMatters is a setting approach and aims at all persons involved in school such as pupils, school heads and non-teaching staff as well as at affiliated outside the school.
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Mental Health Awareness Online Course
Canada
To stimulate actions improving behaviours which lead to conditions of psychophysical well-being, getting over situations of discomfort and uneasiness. To support information and prevention of risk behaviours and the abuse of drugs. To stimulate the behaviors aimed at a healthy nutritional education, responsible sexual education, and at enhancing relationships with others.
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Healthy Team – Healthy Balance
Germany
Participants (managers) develop strategies in two day seminars to healthily treat themselves (stress coping, relaxation after leaving off work etc.) and to lead their employees healthily as well (appreciation, acknowledgement, interest, social support, etc.).
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Incorporating Health and Safety at Work into the Company’s Eco-Citizenship Policy
France
As part of a three-year sustainable development plan entitled ‘Eco-Citizen Development’, which began in 2008, Armor extended its health and safety policy. The new policy was aimed at improving well-being by reducing psychosocial and ergonomic risks. A support programme was created for shift workers. Physical risks were addressed through workstation ergonomics.
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Hearing Potpourri „The Emotional Parachute“
Germany
Working in the hospitality industry is marked by a high degree of emotional work. Handling guests, their complaints and special wishes requires good nerves and often brings about stress, time pressure and hectic. It is necessary to treat these burdens consciously and develop strategies for working life. The radio play “The emotional parachute” is supposed to support this. Accompanying the radio play there is a brochure and a seminar.
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International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health
Nepal
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health (IJOSH) is an international peer reviewed journal covering occupational health, safety and health. It provides occupational health physicians, ergonomist, nurses, occupational hygiene, health and safety professionals with a dependable single source of proficiently written legal, practical and management occupational health information. IJOSH welcomes original research submissions which relate to the full range of chemical, physical, ergonomic, biological and psychosocial hazards in the workplace and to environmental contaminants and their health effects and the safety standards and interventions.
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Further Management Training for Head Teachers at Schools
Germany
Two day training courses for all head teachers in Berlin contents: stress management, time management, relaxation methods, management of occupational safety and health, communication, conflict management. The Unfallkasse Berlin is developing, implementing and currently offering the training courses. In 2004: pilot course; in 2005: seven courses; since 2006: other courses.
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To learn more, go to our TOOLBOX and type in the title of the example, go to the GOOD PRACTICE area (if the example is presented there) or follow the link to the project web site.