You are here: Home / Stress and psychosocial risks / How can they be managed?
Workers talking in a garage
Workers talking over a task
infog 3 landscape risk assessment

How can stress and psychosocial risks be managed?

Stress and psychosocial risks can be assessed and managed in the same systematic way as other occupational safety and health risks

This campaign emphasises that psychosocial risks can be assessed and managed in the same systematic way as other occupational safety and health risks.

The standard risk assessment model and a participative approach are the ideal way of identifying the risks and tackling the issue:

  • First, identify the hazards and those potentially at risk.

Managers and workers need to be aware of psychosocial risks and the early warning signs of work-related stress.

  • Second, evaluate and prioritise the risks.

Decide which risks are of highest concern and focus on working on these first.

  • Third, plan preventive action.

A plan needs to be put in place to prevent psychosocial risks from occurring. If risks are not avoidable, think about how they can be minimised.

  • Fourth, implement the plan.

You should specify the measures to be taken, the resources required, the people involved and the time frame.

  • Finally, monitor and review on an ongoing basis.

You should be prepared to amend the plan in response to the results of monitoring.

Remember that people can react differently to the same set of circumstances. Your psychosocial risk assessment should take account of workers’ abilities and needs (e.g. those related to gender, age or experience).

Check out our infographic on Work-related stress risk assessment, solutions & benefits of addressing it

Learn more about work-related stress and managing psychosocial risks at work on the EU-OSHA website.

News

A fond farewell to the Manage Stress campaign

A fond farewell to the Manage Stress campaign

Dec 01, 2015

According to EU-OSHA Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek, ‘It is now abundantly clear that stress can hit any of us, at any time, over our working lives regardless of age, or sex, or status. The good...

Edenred dedicates info session to stress management

Edenred dedicates info session to stress management

Nov 27, 2015

Around 50 participants representing a variety of companies and organisations were on hand in at a morning info session in Brussels on 22 October to hear more about workplace stress, the state of...

Super Week for Wellbeing at Work in Finland

Super Week for Wellbeing at Work in Finland

Nov 27, 2015

The Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress Campaign was promoted in Finland via number of events that took place right across the country and coordinated by the Finnish Focal Point . Perhaps the most...

HOSPEEM and EPSU’s social partners’ conference a success

HOSPEEM and EPSU’s social partners’ conference a success

Nov 27, 2015

The conference was realised by HOSPEEM (the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association) and EPSU (European Federation of Public Service Unions) with the support of EPSU’s...

Eurocommerce and UNI Europa launch survey to compare OSH in commerce sector

Eurocommerce and UNI Europa launch survey to compare OSH in commerce sector

Nov 27, 2015

The study will further strengthen cooperation between EuroCommerce and UNI Europa and is focused on three main themes: ergonomics (mainly muscular skeletal disorders), stress at work...

More news…