Regulations, policies and practices concerning work stress in five European countries
de Gier, E.
TNO Preventie en Gezondheid
A comparative inventory of regulations, policies and practices in The Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Germany and France with regard to the prevention of work stress was carried out. In each country data were collected by means of interviews with key informants and through exploring relevant documents and literature. It was found that Sweden. The Netherlands and the UK-those countries with framework legislation in the field of health and safety-recognize stress as an important health and safety topic, whereas Germany and France do not yet recognize stress is an important policy issue. However, even in the first group of countries less attention is being paid towards psychosocial work characteristics when compared with traditional health and safety issues, such as noise, machine safety and toxic agents. There is a clear lack of well-documented (national) 'examples of good preventive practice', even in Sweden and The Netherlands. Recommendations are being formulated concerning type of legislation, guidance and information, monitoring and risk assessment, costs and benefits, examples of good practice and European networking.
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Work and Stress, 8 (4), 296-318