AUSTRIA: The assessment of PSRs is effective

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A study by the Institute of Economic and Social Sciences (ISW) proves the effectiveness of psychosocial risk assessment, which has been mandatory since January 2013.

The number of sick leaves due to mental disorders has practically doubled in Upper Austria since 2007, reaching 20,660 cases in 2016. These sick leaves often lead to a permanent work disability, and mental illnesses are the most common reason for granting a pension among women.

“PSR assessment is important and it is effective. However, it can only contribute to workers’ mental health if the results do not end up in a drawer, but lead to concrete improvements,” said the president of the Chamber of Labour, Johann Kalliauer. Regarding the measures taken, the study shows that progress still has to be made in enterprises.

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