YSM 111 - Workplace Stress


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.

  • Work pressure.

  • 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:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Aggression

  • Exhaustion and withdrawal

  • Fatigue

  • Harmful social and health behaviours

  • Heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • 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 in Australia.

You are welcome to download and distribute the article in your workplace if you feel it may be useful

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