NIOSH DVD on Stress Discusses Work Organization, Interventions

Nov. 21, 2002
A new DVD program from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes workplace factors that can create or exacerbate worker stress, and suggests practical measures for reducing job-related stress through changes in work organization.

"Working With Stress" is the first NIOSH training and educational video program on the topic of workplace stress. It is a companion program to the 1999 NIOSH document, "Stress ...At Work," of which more than 154,000 copies have been distributed.

The new DVD program summarizes current information about the causes, symptoms, and prevalence of work-related stress, and notes NIOSH's position that the most effective way to reduce work-related stress is to identify and address organizational stress factors in the workplace. The program includes case studies to illustrate strategies that have been used by small and large employers to reduce stress in the workplace.

The new DVD is designed to be a working resource for employers, human resources managers, occupational health and safety professionals, workers, educators and others. It combines authoritative information with an easy-to-understand, viewer-friendly presentation.

The program is also available in VHS videocassette format, though the DVD version provides greater visual clarity and includes features not available on the VHS version, including an interactive user's menu and supplemental reference materials that can be accessed through the menu.

"Working With Stress" is available at no charge by contacting Roger Wheeler, NIOSH-TV (C-12), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226; e-mail [email protected].

New research findings and needs on work stress will also be discussed at an upcoming international conference sponsored by NIOSH, the American Psychological Association and the School of Business, Queen's University, Canada. "Work, Stress and Health: New Challenges in a Changing Workplace," the Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, will be held March 20-22, 2003, in Toronto.

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Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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