Health and Safety Committee’s focus at Napo’s AGM was on workplace stress, with a well attended fringe meeting on mental health and wellbeing and the prevention of work related stress, led by Peter Kelly, senior psychologise with the HSE. (Pictured)
Peter has been part of a small team of psychologists involved in developing the scientific knowledge base for the management standards approach to tackling work related stress.
Attendees at AGM were also offered the opportunity to complete a stress survey comprising ten questions relating to the impact that stress had on both members’ health and their work. Napo was particularly interested in finding out if members had requested a stress risk assessment.
In total 79 people completed the survey at AGM – just over a third of those attending.
The findings have now been analysed. The main issues highlighted by the survey were linked to issues of sleepiness, continual tiredness and loss of concentration. Nearly 70% of respondents reported suffering from tiredness and lack of sleep, while half said they experienced a lack of concentration.
Long hours were identified as by far and away the main problem at work, followed by 50% who said pay was too low for the job and 36% who said they had had to take time off sick due to stress.
Two-thirds of respondents had not requested a stress risk assessment and of the one-third who had only 8 had involved their Napo safety rep. As a result of the risk assessments which had been undertaken just over half had had control measures put in place, and the results were evenly divided as to whether these steps were found to be helpful.
The survey asked why the control measures were not helpful. Only a few responses were received to this question and then only from those working in the NPS. These responses included “they didn’t follow through with agreed changes” and “there was only a temporary reduction of work”. There was only one positive response from a Probation Officer in the NPS who said their caseloads had been adjusted.
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