This guide, published by EU-OSHA, aims to help micro and small enterprises prevent and manage the two main causes of work-related diseases, according to the statements of European workers: psychosocial risks (PSRs) and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) due to work.
It describes a five-step approach to a better work environment:
- Preparation: Decide who will lead the process, review the available resources, decide how and when you will keep workers informed and involved, and decide what will happen when.
- Assessing risks: Identify psychosocial and MSD risk factors, and set priorities.
- Action planning: Agree what actions will be taken to eliminate or reduce the risks, and set up an action plan.
- Taking action: Implement and monitor the agreed actions.
- Evaluate whether or not you have achieved what you wanted, and review the whole cycle of assessing risks and planning and implementing actions.
To achieve good results, you must start by entering into dialogue and establishing trust. Next, this means doing what works specifically for the firm, involving the workers and, as manager, providing support for action.
Although it is mainly intended for CEOs and managers, the guide is of interest for workers and their representatives and for occupational safety and health professionals, because it provides simple explanations and proposes a selection of exercises for a real and permanent improvement, for the benefit of all.