Hazards that cause stress may not be as obvious as other hazards, but achieving a safe and healthy workplace requires that you identify and control all hazards in your workplace.
Stress can be caused by events such as:
Exposure to a traumatic event.
Exposure to workplace or occupational violence.
Suicide or attempted suicide.
Other mental stress factors.
Work-related harassment and/or workplace bullying.
Other harassment (includes being a victim of sexual or racial harassment) by colleague/s.
The short and long term effects of stress can be very distressing and harmful. Studies show that stress increases the risk of:
Exhaustion and withdrawal
Harmful social and health behaviours
Muscle and body structure disorders
For more details see:
1. Bullying in the Workplace; Risk Management System
2. SafeWork Australia report, The Incidence of Accepted
Worker’s Compensation Claims for Mental Illness
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