The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published in 2013 a synthesis of studies on. The results illustrate the need for action: the costs of stress caused by work are exorbitant in relation to the benefits that prevention policies can bring.
L’Agence européenne pour la sécurité et la santé au travail (EU-OSHA) a publié en 2013 une synthèse d’études sur le coût des risques psychosociaux. Les résultats illustrent la nécessité d’agir : la facture du stress au travail est exorbitante au regard des bénéfices que peuvent apporter les politiques de prévention.
Employers should put employees´ mental health at the very top of the agenda especially at this time of ongoing and continuous changes in the labor market that are affecting a key dimension of job quality – health and safety – and which are contributing to the increase of psychosocial risks at a great extent.
Psychosocial health risks and mental health is a big challenge. The European Commission must change the main directive on occupational health and safety.
The social partners need to take on the issue of mental health at work. Mental disorders are very common in Europe and are a major burden on society. There is also a need to clarify in legislation that occupational health and safety at work is not only about the physical workplace.
Many efforts are put in sensitising employers and employees to adhere the necessary attention to psychosocial risks.
“Too many professionals burn out in the first 10 years of their career so it’s time to make expectations more realistic and stop this terrible waste of talent,” declared Ulf Bengtsson.