Workplace stress is a health and safety hazard that can take a significant toll on worker health. Addressing this hazard just got a little easier. The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create StressAssess, a free online survey tool to assist workplaces in identifying and addressing psychosocial hazards that can lead to stress and mental injury.
“Workplace stress is particularly challenging to address because it does not fit into traditional hazard categories such as chemical, musculoskeletal, or slips and falls,” says Valerie Wolfe, Executive Director, South Central Region, at the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW). “This tool is a good starting point to begin the conversation, helping workplace parties take action on recognizing, assessing and preventing stress in their organization.”
StressAssess provides workplaces with an internationally recognized survey tool to anonymously, collectively, and confidentially gather information about current work conditions and psychosocial hazards. Administrators deploying the survey in their workplace are guided through a five step process. Upon completion of the survey, a summary report is provided. Along with comparisons against validated national averages, it includes practical ideas to help workplaces address identified concerns.
While the survey tool is meant to diagnose the workplace (not the worker), the website also includes a personal edition for individuals interested in measuring their own personal level and sources of stress.
StressAssess is available at www.stressassess.ca and a mobile app version is currently in development.