Stress is one of the major causes of threats to in the workplace. Illness due to high stress levels presents itself in the form of both physical and mental illness. Mental stresses can cause depression, eating disorders, insomnia, panic attacks and high levels of general anxiety. Some of the known physical illnesses that occur as a result of high levels of stress include heart problems, digestive problems and stomach ulcers. The latest estimates show the total number of cases of work related stress depression or anxiety account for 39% of all work related illness. Implementing and framework for managing stress training would benefit both employer and employee. It is also important that stress is included as a consideration when implementing health and safety measures for employees. Some of the more common issues that cause high levels of stress among employees are:
- Bullying and harassment in the workplace
- Very long hours and irregular shift work
- Job insecurity
- Low pay
- Blame cultures and being undervalued
- Working environment that is dangerous, too cold, too hot..
The HSE work-related stress area of their site define workplace stress as : “The reaction people have to excessive demands or pressures, arising when people try to cope with tasks, responsibilities or other types of pressure connected with their job, but find difficulty, strain or worry in doing so.”
Every employer has a responsibility to ensure their employees are not overloaded with stress and it is in the interest of the company to manage employee stress. Stress is often responsible for absenteeism, loss in performance and productivity.
This course give an overview of how prevalent stress is in the workplace and outlines why, unchecked, becomes a serious problem for everyone. The course goes on to suggest ways of minimising dangerous levels and stress and give detail on the legislation the governs it.
|What is stress and why is it a problem?||1|
|The Causes and Symptoms of stress||2|
|The law on stress and its contravention||3|
|Minimising the risk of stress||4|
Online assessment in PPE training is carried out by a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass each module. We advise you to complete each module and answer the question before moving on to the next module. This provides a better learning experience because you will need to have knowledge from earlier modules to understand some of the material in the later modules. For those who complete the course successfully, a PDF certificate of the award is sent directly to your inbox. Hard copies of the award are available on request. The course takes 30 minutes of training to complete. This is course content only and does not cover the time it takes to answer questions.