The 2014–15 Healthy Workplaces Campaign has three key objectives: (1) to raise awareness and improve our understanding of stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace; (2) to provide guidance, support and practical tools for managing risks; and (3) to highlight the benefits of managing psychosocial risks for workers and businesses.
Psychosocial risks can be assessed and managed in the same systematic way as ‘traditional’ workplace risks. This is the main message of the 2014-15 Healthy Workplaces Campaign.
Why is this campaign so important?
There is a lot of misunderstanding around psychosocial risks in the workplace and a stigma remains around mental health problems. Surveys suggest that many employers believe that psychosocial risks are more difficult to manage than ‘traditional’ workplace risks. They may feel that an employee’s mental health is too sensitive an issue to raise or that they don’t have the necessary expertise.
This campaign sets out to bridge the gap between misunderstanding and reality by providing information and practical support.
- Campaign launch, 7 April 2014
- European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work, October 2014 and 2015
- Good Practice Awards ceremony, 27 April 2015
- Healthy Workplaces Summit, 3 and 4 November 2015
These are complemented by many smaller workshops, seminars and networking opportunities that run throughout the campaign.
Who can take part? How can you get involved?
Healthy Workplaces campaigns are open to all individuals and organisations, and EU-OSHA encourages everyone to participate in whichever way they can.
For example, you can get involved by:
- disseminating and publicising our campaign materials;
- organising events and activities such as seminars and workshops;
- using and promoting the practical tools available for managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks;
- taking part in the European Good Practice Awards competition;
- participating in the European Week for Safety and Health at Work;
- becoming an official campaign partner;
- becoming a media partner.
EU-OSHA has compiled a wealth of materials to support the campaign. They are all available on the dedicated campaign website:
- The Campaign Guide and other campaign materials
- A multilingual e-guide to managing psychosocial risks in micro and small enterprises
- A campaign toolkit — useful advice, support and resources for running a campaign
- Other practical tools and resources