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Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work

07/04/2014 Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work

Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all lost working days.

The European Commission therefore welcomes the "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress" campaign launched today by the European Agency for Safety at Health at Work (EU-OSHA) to raise awareness about the psychological, physical and social risks linked to stress at work.

The campaign launch brings together EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor, Greek Deputy Minister for Labour, Social Security and Welfare, Vasilis Kegkeroglou, representing the Greek EU Council Presidency and EU-OSHA Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek.

Addressing stress and psychosocial risks is one of the challenges covered by the forthcoming EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020, due to be presented in June.

Workers affected by stress find it difficult to concentrate, make more mistakes and are subject to more frequent accidents at work. Prolonged psychological pressure may result in serious health problems such as cardiovascular or musculoskeletal diseases, leading to poor working performance and more absenteeism.

The campaign aims to help employers’ and workers’ representatives, managers and workers to identify and manage stress and psychological, physical and social risks in the workplace. It also promotes the use of simple tools which can help organisations to effectively manage such risks. Reducing stress at work helps to create a healthy work environment in which workers feel valued, where the workplace culture is more positive, and, consequently, business productivity improves.