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An evaluation of the policy context on psychosocial risks and mental health in the workplace in the European Union: achievements, challenges, and the future

Leka, Stavroula; Jain, Aditya Kailash; Iavicoli, Sergio; Di Tecco, Cristina

Authors

Stavroula Leka

Aditya Kailash Jain

Sergio Iavicoli

Cristina Di Tecco



Abstract

Despite the developments both in hard and soft law policies in the European Union in relation to mental health and psychosocial risks in the workplace, a review of these policies at EU level has not been conducted to identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps to be addressed in the future. Keeping in mind that the aim should be to engage employers in good practice, ideally such policies should include key definitions and elements of the psychosocial risk management process, covering risk factors, mental health outcomes, risk assessment and preventive actions, or interventions. The current paper aims to fill this gap by reviewing hard and soft law policies on mental health in the workplace and psychosocial risks applicable at EU level and conducting a gap analysis according to a set of dimensions identified in models of good practice in this area. Our review of ninety-four policies in total revealed several gaps, especially in relation to binding in comparison to nonbinding policies. These are discussed in light of the context of policy-making in the EU, and recommendations are offered for future actions in this area.

Citation

Leka, S., Jain, A. K., Iavicoli, S., & Di Tecco, C. (2015). An evaluation of the policy context on psychosocial risks and mental health in the workplace in the European Union: achievements, challenges, and the future. BioMed Research International, 2015(213089), https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/213089

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2016
Journal BioMed Research International
Print ISSN 2314-6133
Electronic ISSN 2314-6141
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2015
Issue 213089
DOI https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/213089
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/988651
Publisher URL http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/213089/

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