PAS 1010 Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace

Let us send you an email when PAS 1010 publishesPAS 1010 is due to publish in January 2011. You can register your interest by filling out a short form so we can contact you when it’s available.

If you employ people, you'll find this document essential reading.

Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1010 offers guidance and good practice on assessing and managing psychosocial risks at work.

Stress is one of the most common problems of the modern workplace, affecting the mental and physical well-being of over 40 million workers in the European Union each year and resulting in an estimated cost of around 20 million Euros.

There is currently no recognized standard or official benchmark for good practice for psychosocial risk assessment and management so the new BSI standard, called a PAS (Publicly Available Specification), will help assessors address this area of workplace health.

Who is involved in writing the good practice guidance?

BSI Standards, the University of NottinghamInstitute of Work Health and Organizations (I-WHO) are now leading the development of a good practice guidance standard, to help anyone assessing and managing the risks associated with work-related stress.

BSI is leading the development of the standard with a steering group that includes representatives from the following health and safety bodies:

Psychosocial risk management (the management of risks associated with work organization and the social context of work which have the potential for causing psychological or physical ill health) forms part of the European Council Directive 89/391/EEC, which stipulates the assessment and management of all types of risks to workers’ health as employers’ responsibility.

The standard, and accompanying training courses to be developed by Nottingham University, will be of major benefit to HR managers, occupational health and safety managers, therapists, and managers of small and medium sized enterprises.

Who would find PAS 1010 useful?

PAS 1010 will help human resources managers and specialists, occupational health and safety managers and specialists, managers and owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and employee representatives.

This PAS is most likely to be used by organizations that wish to:

  • Establish a strategy and process of psychosocial risk management in order to eliminate or minimize risks to personnel and other interested parties who could be exposed to psychosocial hazards associated with its activities
  • Implement, maintain and continually improve the psychosocial risk management process and related practices
  • Assure itself of its conformity with its stated occupational health and safety (OH&S) and psychosocial risk policy.

“This is an exciting initiative in an area of crucial importance for the promotion of health and well-being. Work-related stress has been a priority in modern working life for the past years but despite a number of good initiatives at national, European and international levels, there is still a clear need for an official benchmark in this area. The PAS will assist organizations to implement best practice in the area of psychosocial risk assessment and management so that they can promote good health among their staff.” Dr Stavroula Leka, Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology, University of Nottingham

A BSI Standards press release explains about PAS1010 and managing stress in the workplace. Read the press release - BSI to develop standard for management of workplace stress

What is a PAS?

A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is a sponsored fast track standard driven by the needs of the client organisations and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems, product benchmarks and codes of practice. After two years, the PAS is reviewed and a decision is made as to whether it should be taken forward to become a formal British Standard.

A wide range of PAS documents are available to buy in the BSI shop, many as instant downloads. Some are available free.

If you’d like to hear when this standard is published, complete the short form so we can contact you.

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