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Forum Survey Results
Recommendations Rated “Most Important” by Canadians
Employers & employer groups need to recognize at the planning and systems levels that stress should be handled as part of a prevention policy / system.
Treat stress at the source - at the organization level (primary intervention eliminate hazard at the source).
Identify stress as a workplace hazard.
Provincial and national regulators need to recognize stress in their legislation and link this to other areas. Eg. Enforcement, hours of work, vacations, disease definitions.
Value people over the dollars!
A body of Tools, Resources and Models of stress needs to be developed for Gov’t, labour and employers to assist in tackling stress (CCOHS).
Develop tools and checklists on stress, e.g. a risk assessment tool to evaluate workplace risk for stress-related illness.
Develop a workplace stress policy similar to harassment-free workplaces.
Give workers more control over their workplace and environment.
The CCOHS should be tasked and resourced to lead a national initiative to raise awareness of workplace stress, champion legislative consistency and act as a national repository of stress-related resources & strategies.
Canadian public opinion needs to be modified to recognize stress as a current, valid and widespread occupational affliction.
Anti-bullying in the school yard is similar to anti-bullying in the workplace. Promote prevention awareness and programs for stress.
The Canadian workplace and medical communities needs to emphasize coordination of research and exposure to stress on a national basis that is also comparable to international metrics.
Collaboration between Wellness and H&S (departments, committees, etc.)
Lobby Compensation boards and Governments to enact legislation and to recognize workplace stress as a compensable work-related illness.
Develop a Canadian Stress Code modeled after EC Stress Code and work at getting the WCB Boards to adopt it.
Stress impacts on general health costs (due to lack of recognition) vs. workplace community.
Establish and empower a Canadian central research agency which is: tripartite, similar to NIOSH and develops policy recommendations on H&S and Occupational Disease including clear definitions.
Canadian Association of Labour Leaders OH&S Committee should strike a sub-committee on stress as a growing occupational disease – develop mandate.
Change employment legislation to decrease work hours, increase vacation, and recognize stress as a workplace hazard.
Regarding stress, we should not be low-balling the wish list. We are asking for kindness, caring, empathy, & generosity of spirit in the workplace in other words, we want a better world. We want people smiling.
When it comes to stress the world view of business based on profits connot be carried over to government, public service, and non-profits. Must be based on professional and personal responsibility.
Barriers at provincial levels, industry sector levels and practitioner levels are not acceptable. Individual groups need to “lead the charge” to tear these barriers down.
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