Recently mental health and the psychosocial risks that can lead to stress has started to move up the health and safety agenda. Mental health isn’t considered the most obvious result of poor health and safety management compared to physical injuries. Some companies prefer to pretend it does not exist and view it as a personal or domestic issue rather than one that employers should address.
IIRSM is working to raise the profile of psychosocial risks, firstly by surveying some of their members. Around 70% of members felt that they were expected to work regularly more than there contractual hours, just to complete their normal tasks. A second survey is currently being done to investigate how perceptions of the organisational hierarchy in companies differ.
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