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29/05/2008

Tool Information

Settings: Workplace
MHP Steps: Implementation
Country of Origin: Ireland
Languages: English
URL: Click here for Tool Website
Publication Information: Health and safety authority, Dublin, Ireland

Evaluation: Yes
Available Formats: Paper Based | Online
Free: No
Restrictions on Use: No
Tool Focus: Individual and Organisation
Tool Type: Screening Tool/Questionnaire

Tool Description

Work Positive is a comprehensive risk management process that incorporates a risk assessment covering the major causal factors associated with workplace stress. It was originally developed by Health Scotland and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA, Ireland) to help organisations identify the potential causes of stress at work in line with requirements under the requirement to prevent accidents and illness at work under Irish health and safety legislation. Work Positive was launched in 2002 and a revised edition again in May 2005 and is the only state sponsored stress audit tool of its kind available across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. It reflects the HSA‘s prevention approach and emphasis on the risk assessment process and HSENI‘s development of Management Standards, against which organisations can measure their performance in managing the main causal factors for workplace stress and put in place procedures and system changes as required, to improve organisational culture to promote well-being. The package consists of an audit tool for stress at work (questionnaire) and a set of instructions on how to develop a comprehensive approach to workplace stress.

Tool Characteristics

Application in the Field: Applied internationally
Tool mainly used in: United Kingdom
Stage of Development: Well established
Evaluation and Research: Studies/Technical Data available
Beneficiary Involvement in Design: No information found

Evaluation Description

While not formally evaluated, the Work Positive approach outlines a number of case studies which have been undertaken using the tool.

Contact Details

Organisation Name: Health and Safety Authority
Address: The James Joyce Building
Address Line 2: Metropolitan Strees
Postal Code: Dublin 1
Country: Ireland
Email: wcu@hsa.ie

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