Edited by Alexander-Stamatios G. Antoniou and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 12: Work-Related Stress: The Risk Management Paradigm
Stavroula Leka, Amanda Griﬃths and Tom Cox In 1994 Hernberg argued that ‘the fact that classical occupational diseases still occur does not automatically mean that more research is needed . . . what it really means is that we have failed to implement already existing knowledge’. One year earlier, Cox (1993) had stated that we knew enough then about work-related stress to act to reduce the associated risk to employees’ health: he argued that we needed to be able to translate that existing knowledge into practice and suggested that the risk management paradigm oﬀered an appropriate vehicle for doing this. Background An unwavering commitment to protect and promote the safety and health of working people should be a deﬁning characteristic of any civilized society. Over the last decade it has become obvious to all but the ill-informed and ideologically prejudiced that workrelated stress now presents one of the major challenges to the safety and health of such people. In the European Union this challenge has been recognized by the governments of most member states and by the Commission and its agencies, and has prompted concerted eﬀort to develop a practical methodology for managing work-related stress within the framework of existing safety and health legislation. For many applied researchers and practitioners, managers, trades unionists and policy makers, the obvious way forward was the development of an evidence-based problem-solving process through our cumulative knowledge of risk management. This chapter describes an example of such an approach, developed by the Institute of...
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