The cost of mind over matter

Derzeit gibt es im Internet noch nicht so viele Veröffentlichungen, die OHSAS 18001 und psychische Belastung miteinander verbinden. Aber mit bin ich auf gestoßen:

The cost of mind over matter
Although good health and safety practices are vital in keeping people safe from harm, it is often physical safety that is given priority. However, as NQA’s Jonathan Wilson explains, OHSAS 18001 can provide a framework for addressing and managing mental health issues within the workplace.
When we think of health and safety it is usually physical protection that springs to mind. While this is obviously important, so too is the psychological wellbeing of employees – and with mental health issues affecting one in four people, it should be given the attention it deserves.

Under pressure
Incredibly, the Cardiff University report also found that 40 per cent of employees experienced incivility or disrespect at work over a two-year period.
Although managers and supervisors are the most significant source of this, co-workers, customers and clients were found to be a more regular source of ill treatment. In fact, one in five employees has experienced the most common forms of incivility and disrespect.
Getting to grips with ill treatment requires instigating a culture of fairness and respect throughout the management structure, building this into routine processes and providing the resources and training needed to make it a success. A tried and tested way to help achieve this is through OHSAS 18001.
Preventative measures
OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognised assessment specification for occupational health and safety management systems. It was developed by a selection of leading trade bodies, international standards and certification bodies to address a gap where no third-party certifiable international standard existed.
NQA has vast experience in helping organisations implement OHSAS 18001. The process involves establishing a management system to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to dangers associated with its activities. It can cover both physical and mental wellbeing and includes the monitoring of health and safety management failures, auditing of performance and review of policies and objectives.

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