At BLR’s Safety Summit 2019, taking place April 8-10 in Austin, Texas, Sionnain McNally, OSH Services Manager for the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of British Columbia, presented a session on the need for safety professionals to broaden their perspective on workplace safety to encompass mental health, stress, fatigue, and other factors affecting employee well-being.
There’s no denying it. Mental health issues, particularly stress, are an unavoidable aspect of doing business in the 21st century. The causes are myriad. Long work hours—longer than any time in history and longer than any other industrial nation. Conflicts between work and family life, when really these things should be complementing each other. The […]
The World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the annual StressPulse Survey conducted by employee assistance program (EAP) provider ComPsych Corporation, stress and personal relationship issues are the most common reasons for employee absence, accounting for nearly half (47%) of employee absences—handily beating out medical issues. Given […]
It’s less obvious than a fire hazard. It’s less dramatic than a 40-foot fall. But make no mistake: Job-related stress can pose a hazard to your workers. It can contribute to the development of heart disease, high blood pressure, and back pain; it can distract workers so completely that they commit deadly errors. So, how […]
According CareerCast’s 2018 annual survey of the most stressful occupations, firefighting ranks second only to working in the military. The survey found support in an October 2017 report by two researchers with the Health Hazard Evaluation Program (HHEP) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), who examined many occupational stresses firefighters experienced […]
Fear of being laid off. Excessive overtime. Pressure to perform. Conflicts with coworkers. Job stress is in the house. When you add daily life stressors like finances, family concerns, and illness, the result is a big pile of angst that can wear down your personnel, eroding productivity and safety and costing you money.
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, the focus is generally on securing the scene and helping any injured workers, as it should be. But workers who witness the death of a coworker, come to the aid of injured coworkers, or clean up after an accident may find the incident traumatic, too—a response called “critical […]
Women who put in long hours during their careers may pay a steep price in increased risk for life-threatening illnesses. Get the latest on this worrisome finding.