Note on the European Campaign 2014-2015 on Managing Psychosocial Risks (Manage Stress)
I – A word on the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Organized by Council Regulation (EC) No. 2062 of 18 July 1994, with the aim of promoting the health and safety of workers. It is in constant contact with the ILO, the ILO and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), which represents the European trade unions. Her usual interlocutor is Mrs Bernadette Ségol, who – remarkable exception in the Agency’s Anglophone colloquiums – Presents his papers in French)
The Agency is often referred to by the acronym EU-OSHA (OSHA for Occupational Safety and Health Agency).
Santiago de Compostela 12,
Spain (Basque Country)
French site: https://osha.europa.eu/fr
Current Director: Dr Christa SEDLATSCHEK, Occupational Doctor (University of Vienna)
The scope of the Agency extends not only to the European Union, but also to the EFTA countries: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Their 25 languages are used in documents issued by the Agency (except for the corresponding studies in English). It also extends to the countries that have applied to the European Union (including Turkey), and is already working with the ENP (European Neighborhood Policy) countries: Algeria, Armenia , Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.
The Agency’s own structures are light, and its action is carried out by the government of each country, represented by a Focal Point.
In France the current Focal Point is DGT at the Ministry of Labor. The contact person is:
Mr. Olivier Meunier
Tel: 01 44 38 25 08 – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, see the Francophone site:
II – Agency Actions
The documents and writings of the Agency are copiable (no copyright), provided the source is mentioned. Campaign documents are free of charge.
The Agency has a monthly newsletter (newsletter) in 25 languages: «oshmail». To subscribe, contact email@example.com
The Agency draws up and publishes monographs on various aspects of occupational safety in the different occupations, as well as fact sheets on various aspects of occupational safety and health. All of its publications can be downloaded free of charge.
See the list on the website: https://osha.europa.eu/fr/publications
It conducts studies and surveys, including the latest, fundamental, ESENER survey on emerging risks. It develops practical tools, such as software OiRA on risk assessment in micro-enterprises ( www.oiraproject.eu ). This last project was recently put online by INRS for its versions intended for restoration and road transport.
European Campaigns “Healthy Workplaces”
The main mode of action of the Agency is to organize European campaigns on an important security theme. To have more impact, since 2007 their duration has been extended to two years. These campaigns focus on “Healthy Workplaces”.
See the organization and the list on the site:
The themes chosen are:
2014-2015: “Manage Stress”, on the psychosocial risks
2012-2013: “Together for the prevention of risks” (employers and workers)
2010-2011: “Safe maintenance” (maintenance being a high risk business)
2008-2009: “The Risk Assessment”
2007-2008: “The Healthy Workplaces Initiative
2007: “Lighten the burden” (on musculoskeletal disorders) (TMS)
2006: “Beginning safe” (on young workers)
2005: “Stop the noise! ”
2004: “Building Safely”
2003: “Dangerous substances – Caution”
2002: “Working without stress”
2001: “No accident, winning challenge”
2000: “Turn your back on musculoskeletal disorders”
(The next campaign for 2016-2017 is expected to focus on the risks specific to “older workers”, whose number is set to increase in Europe with the gradual decline in the retirement age.
The running of a campaign takes place over two years as follows:
– a preliminary meeting of the potential partners of the partnership meeting in March in Brussels
– an official European launch press conference in April in Brussels
– benchmarking meetings and activities with all the official partners of the campaign to compare best practices
– European Week (week 43 in October) where each nation organizes a symposium on its theme. In addition, each country has the opportunity to organize various awareness-raising activities throughout the campaign (meetings, conferences and media actions thanks to EU-OSHA financial and logistical support)
– Good Practice Award in the following April with the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
– a second European Week
– and finally a Summit in Bilbao, usually in November, to conclude the campaign, reward the most active participants, and present the following campaign
The campaign is based on partners (societies or voluntary organizations), “official” partners if they have a presence in at least 3 European countries, “national” partners if they are from a single country. Potential partners must be approved by EU-OSHA (after having submitted their application electronically by a deadline). EU-OSHA focal points, its European Enterprises Network (EEN), and its media partners can also be mentioned as actors.
It is based on the distribution of leaflets, posters and, above all, a brochure, the “Guide de Campagne”, which in thirty pages defines the stakes and proposes courses of action. A humorous DVD in the form of a cartoon without words (but with expressive grunts) is broadcast free of charge for each campaign. The hero, the Napo worker, faces the various risks of the campaign.
The various tips to actively participate in a campaign defined by the multilingual site https://osha.europa.eu/en/campaign-toolkit/
Each campaign is launched with a competition of good practices, rewarding organisms or companies that have established innovative practices concerning the risks that are the object of the campaign. Candidates are pre-selected at the national level, with a jury then nominating and winning at European level. Awards (awards) are awarded to the Summit, a management representative and a rewarded worker representative. The list of winners of the previous campaigns, indicating the best practices rewarded, is obtained by browsing the site:
III – Campaign 2014-2015 “Manage Stress” on psychosocial risks (RPS)
In the eyes of the Agency this emerging risk has become a priority, which has decided to launch the European campaign 2014-2015 on this theme. The official launch took place on 7 April 2014 in Brussels.
As of 1999, the Agency had commissioned a study on work-related stress to a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham Business School, published by the Agency in 2000 (“Research on work-related stress” Tom Cox, Amanda Griffiths and Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez).
But it all started from the ESENER (European Survey on New and Emerging Risks) survey carried out for the Agency on Emerging Risks in 2009, after 36,000 telephone interviews conducted in 31 European countries in a series of companies in the economic sector, (Including SMEs with more than 10 employees) with the exception of agriculture and fisheries. This survey highlighted the emergence of psychosocial risks.
(This document is also available in paper form and is supplemented by two more comprehensive documents in English: “Management of psychosocial risks at work” of the European Risk Observatory established by the Agency, supplemented by “Drivers and barriers for psychological risk management “as one can get to the European Bookshop for a price of € 15 – command http://bookshop.europa.eu )
It has shown that psychosocial risks (PHI) are the second health problem and absenteeism factor in Europe, after musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), where their annual cost is estimated at 240 billion euros, of which 136 are loss Of productivity, with the remainder mainly due to medical expenses.
According to the survey, over a nine-year period, 28% of European workers were affected by PHI. 72% of the workers consulted consider that restructuring and job insecurity are one of the root causes of PHI. For other causes, 66% attributed stress to scheduling and workload and 59% attributed unacceptable behaviors. Half specify that stress is common in their workplace and 4 out of 10 workers think that stress is not properly managed.
On the employers’ side, the ESENER survey found that 40% of respondents felt that PHI is more difficult to prevent and manage than “traditional” OSH risks.
The Agency defines stress, and its consequence, the psycho-social risk (see website https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/stress-and-psychosocial-risks/what-are-stress-and -psychosocial-Risks )
“Workers are facing the stress when the demands of their jobs are greater than their ability to cope . Stress at work is not an individual problem but an organizational one. This is one of the most important consequences of a poor professional and psychosocial environment.
Psychosocial risks are the negative psychological, physical and social consequences arising from poor design, organization and management of the workplace
Working conditions such as these can lead to psychosocial risks:
Excessive workloads or time constraints;
Lack of clarity on the role of the worker;
Poorly managed organizational change.
Psychosocial risks are also generated by an unhealthy social context, including situations where there are:
Lack of support from management or colleagues;
Poor interpersonal relationships;
Harassment, aggression and violence;
Difficulties in combining private and professional life.
We must not confuse an environment with psychosocial risks and a healthy but stimulating work environment in which workers feel supported, motivated and encouraged to do their best. ”
The Agency seeks above all to rely on partners to collaborate in its campaign, which in turn ensures visibility. Consult the francophone site:
She developed a number of tools to disseminate this campaign: a “Campaign Guide”, a specific “Napo” DVD, and various leaflets, in particular to launch the competition on Good Practices.
We can also mention the following material:
– An awareness video on the campaign (in English, subtitled in French): https://healthy-workplaces.eu/fr/media-centre/videos , allowing late presentation access to other Home
– Three graphics (causes and perceptions of work-related stress; cost for the stress of business-related work and main precursors; stress the risk analysis work-related solutions and benefits of prevention) at: https: / /www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/media-centre/infographics
– A brochure presenting the case of the company (English text only): https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/fr/campaign-material/business-case
– And, of course, all electronic documents used for websites, email, and publications, with the employment rules (use of the logo, etc …): https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/ En / campaign-material / e-materials
These documents can be downloaded or provided free of charge in paper form by the European bookstore EU Bookshop.
See below the usual channel to order the publications of the campaign, in the different European languages:
For the Campaign Guide (PDF or hard copy versions)
For the Napo DVD “When stress strikes! (When stress strikes!)
If you want only one copy, you can use the website of the EU Bookshop, without having to register (the site appears in English – check “French” in the drop-down menu of Languages):
If you want more, you have to fill out the enclosed form, send it to the Agency, which will send it to the address indicated, to the extent of the available stock.
The Agency publishes an electronic guide to help manage psycho-social risks:
European Best Practice Award
A call for applications has been launched to involve a company or an organization in the competition on Good Practices, the results of which will indicate the nominees and the winner in April 2015 at an event organized with the Presidency of the European Union .
The deadline for applications was 30 September for France (all Focal Points to submit their candidates at European level on 31 October 2014). They were to be sent to the French Focal Point at DGT
(Mr Olivier Meunier – tel 01 44 38 25 08, or Mrs Sophie Baron – tel 01 44 38 24 40)
European Week of the Managing Stress Campaign
As far as France is concerned, the symposium focusing on the prevention of PHI (in the context of European Week 43 on the current campaign) was postponed to 6 November 2014 in Lyon. It is organized by the DIRECCTE Rhône-Alpes, with participation of DGT, Anact, Aravis and INRS. Its program is defined on the site:
As this symposium was complete on 20 October, the list of registrations was unfortunately closed on that date.
The program of the symposium planned for 2015 will be circulated in principle in September 2015.
Magazines, e-newsletters and other media concerned with the health and safety at work can become at any time, if they wish, media partners of the campaign. The registration procedure is unfortunately only in English.
See the website:
In case of difficulty, consult the site:
https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/campaign-partners/campaign-media-partnership-offer.pdf/view >, then click full text was then the Partnership offer in English.
These sites list in alphabetical order the European magazines already registered in November as media partners of the campaign “Manage Stress”. Four French-language media are already part of it:
– Company & Careers
– Ergonoma Journal
– Facing Risk
The first action to do to register a bid “media partner” of mail (in English) to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org .