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Week for Safety and Health at Work 2014

4 October 2014

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work takes place in October each year and is designed to raise awareness of health and safety. The theme for the campaign for 2014 -15 is 'Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress'.

European Week for Safety and Health at Work - Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress

The week is run by the European Agency for Safety and Health who have published a site full of news, materials and activities. The campaign is aimed at people in organisations, companies and workplaces of all sizes and sectors. Everybody involved in occupational safety and health matters is invited to take part, especially safety and health institutions and occupational insurance organisations, trade unions and employers' organisations, companies, managers, employees and safety representatives.

In the UK the week is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive. The TUC will be undertaking a number of initiatives during the week. The Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week is traditionally National Inspection Day when all safety representatives are encouraged to inspect their workplace.

Stress is the second most frequently reported work related health problem in Europe and, along with other psychosocial risks, is thought to account for more than half (50-60 %) of all lost working days. A poor psychosocial work environment can have significant negative effects on workers' health. Psychosocial risks occur in every workplace, but even with only limited resources they can be successfully assessed and managed. This campaign provides support and guidance for workers and employers in managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks, and promotes the use of practical, user friendly tools to facilitate this.