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Welcome to the HSE Stress eBulletin

Welcome to the May edition of the Stress e:bulletin. In this edition we are highlighting the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Campaign which promotes working together to prevent risks. We also remind you about last months changes to the RIDDOR reporting requirements, which came into force on 6th April.
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Chages in RIDDOR reporting

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) Change – 6 April 2012

As of 6 April 2012, the reporting requirement in RIDDOR for over-three-day injuries has changed.  The trigger point has increased from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened).  Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.  
Employers, and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR, must still keep a record of all over-three day-injuries – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough.
The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to 15 days from the day of the accident.

European Campaign on Working together for risk prevention

EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-2013

EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-2013 'Working together for risk prevention' focuses on the twin concepts of management leadership and worker participation in OSH. In the UK the title translates more accurately as 'working together on risk management'

New Stress Case Study

Santander Banking Group explains what its done to tackle work related stress

HSE has recently uploaded to the Stress website a work related stresscase study which explains how Santander has tackled stress within its organisation.
The financial sector has gone through some high profile changes in recent years. High pressure working against a backdrop of organisational change has become commonplace. Santander wanted to protect its employees and to minimise the effects on its business; organisational change and pressure are well documented stress risk factors and Santander decided to take action to identify and mitigate potential stressors.

HSE Stress Case studies

We're asking for your help with our case studies

HSE currently has 20 written work related stress case studies which have been gathered from various sectors. These are designed to try to provide details of how and why organisations have adopted projects to tackle stress. They explain the reason for making the decision, the process they used, the impact the project had and the benefits of putting in place a system to manage stressors.
From figures HSE gathers for visitor traffic it seems that some of these are far more 'popular' than others, in some cases traffic is almost 10 times as great. We are trying to find out why this should be the case - are those case studies more relevant? Are more people from the private sector trying to find private sector examples? Are readers looking only at those sectors they consider more like their own?
If  case studies were based on the problem type and solution would they be more useful? How can we re-organise the information to make it more useful to you? Is there anything that is not covered that you would want covered or would you like to provide a case study from your organisation. We would welcome your feedback.
If you would like to make comment please sign up to the online forum which can be found on the stress home page and give us your comments.
 


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