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If you employ people, you'll find this document essential reading. Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1010 offers guidance and good practice on assessing and managing psychosocial risks at work. Psychosocial risks at work are a major cause of stress. Stress is one of the most common problems of the modern workplace, affecting the mental and physical wel-being of over 40 million workers in the European Union each year, with costs to business being estimated at 20million. This new BSI standard, called a PAS (Publicly Available Specification), is the first best practice guidance standard and benchmark for good practice for psychosocial risk assessment and management. PAS 1010 will help assessors address this area of workplace health. PAS 1010 can help with managing organizational culture and employee relations, to ensure that your organization takes action to protect itself from poor performance and from being sued. Who would find PAS 1010 useful? PAS 1010 will help human resources managers and specialists, occupational health and safety managers and specialists, managers and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and employee representatives. This PAS is most likely to be used by an organization that wishes to: Establish a strategy and process of psychosocial risk management in order to eliminate or minimize risks to personnel and other interested parties who could be exposed to psychosocial hazards associated with its activities Implement, maintain and continually improve the psychosocial risk management process and related practices Assure itself of its conformity with its stated occupational health and safety (OH&S) and psychosocial risk policy. Contents of PAS 1010 include: Scope Terms and definitions Psychosocial risk management: overview, policy and key principles Setting up the psychosocial risk management process The psychosocial risk management process Monitoring performance Management review Statutory requirements and guidelines Work-related stress Workplace harassment and third party violence Developing a policy for the management of psychosocial risks and the prevention of work-related stress Developing a policy for the prevention and management of workplace harassment Examples of psychosocial risk assessment and management tools List of figures undefined Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) approach Overview of the psychosocial risk management process Main steps in the psychosocial risk management process List of tables undefined Key principles of psychological risk management Psychosocial hazards Key principles of risk assessment Psychosocial risk management interventions Key issues for success in psychosocial risk management interventions Well-designed work Examples of interventions for the prevention and management of harassment at work Bibliography Psychosocial risk management (the management of risks associated with work organization and the social context of work which have the potential for causing psychological or physical ill health) forms part of the European Council Directive 89/391/EEC, which stipulates the assessment and management of all types of risks to workers health as employers responsibility. An organization should manage its psychosocial risks, as much as its organizational culture and employee relations, to ensure that it is taking action to protect itself from poor performance and from being sued.
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It is rare for a publication to deliver the promise implied in its title. But this [publication] really does describe the necessary processes to manage psychological risks in the workplace and deserves to be commended on its well-structured approach. --Jacky Steemson, The RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Journal
This is an exciting initiative in an area of crucial importance for the promotion of health and well-being. Work-related stress has been a priority in modern working life for the past years but despite a number of good initiatives at national, European and international levels, there is still a clear need for an official benchmark in this area. The PAS will assist organizations to implement best practice in the area of psychosocial risk assessment and management so that they can promote good health among their staff. --Dr Stavroula Leka, Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology, University of Nottingham
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