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[ ] w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l © ITSS 2008 Preventing violence and harassment at work Manuel Velázquez Chief of the Labour and Social Security Inspectorate in Bilbao Brussels: 7 - October - 2009
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l INDEX ANALYSING THE BASIC CONCEPTS – STRESS – VIOLENCE – EQUAL TREAMENT – PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS AT WORK THE STRUCTURE OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL RISKS – STEPS – GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF ASSESSMENT HOW TO FACE VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT – PREVENTION (BEFORE) – INTERVENTION (DURING) – PROTECTION (AFTER)
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l BASIC CONCEPTS FIRST
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l THE CONCEPTS STRESS – There are not properly legislation and regulations on work-related stress – The European Agreement is the only reference VIOLENCE – Violence has always been punished. The novelty is the legal requirement to prevent it – The ILO has approved a Code of Practice on Violence in Service Sector – Some States have legislated: France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland – There is a European Agreement on Violence and Harassment at Work EQUAL TREATMENT – The European Directive on Equal Treatment have introduced some questions related to violence and harassment at work: sex harassment and harassment related to sex – All European legislation have transposed the Directives and they have introduced new prevention obligations for the employers PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS – A concept which involves the others – Different conceptions Psychological risks A part of the Ergonomics Interaction between organization and workers Organizational aspects which could damage the workers health
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l WORK-RELATED STRESS ILO: Manuals. No Code of Practice EUROPEAN AGREEMENT – It recognizes work-related stress within the scope of the Framework Directive 89/391. – Risks assessment process is not the only way of management: Addressing problems of work-related stress may be carried out within an overall process of risk assessment, through a separate stress policy and/or by specific measures targeted at identified stress factors. THE MEMBER STATES LEGISLATION – STRESS IS WITHIN THE CONTENT OF THE LAW: Italia: Legislative Decree 81/2008: It is necessary to assess work-related stress according to the European Agreement and the official guidance – STRESS IS IMPLICIT IN THE OHS LAW: Sweden: Guidance for stress management within the framework of the General Regulations on Prevention Management in companies United Kingdom: Stress Management Standards, a guidance on how to apply Health and Safety Act to the work-related stress France and Spain: Labour Inspectors are including stress within their enforcement actions – STRESS MANAGEMENT IS NOT A LEGAL REQUIREMENT. The Labour Inspectorates are carrying out the promotion and information on work-related stress. Courts can apply liability for the damages (Ireland, Germany, Portugal)
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l VIOLENCE AT WORK ILO: CODE OF PRACTICE ON VIOLENCE IN SERVICE SECTOR PHYSICAL VIOLENCE: EXTERNAL OR INTERNAL – SPECIFIC LEGISLATION: Sweden has approved a Regulation on Physical Violence at Work in 1993 – VIOLENCE IS IMPLICIT IN OHS LAW: United Kingdom and Spain PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE – EUROPEAN AGREEMENT ON VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT AT WORK (2007) Reference to the Framework Directive in a footnote Harassment and violence may be carried out by one or more managers or workers, with the purpose or effect of violating a managers or workers dignity, affecting his/her health and/or creating a hostile work environment. Raising awareness, appropriate training of managers and workers, enterprises need to have a clear statement outlining that harassment and violence will not be tolerated, this statement will specify procedures to be followed where cases arise. – LEGISLATION OF MEMBER STATES SPECIFIC OHS LEGISLATION ON BULLYING: Sweden, Finland, France and Belgium SPECIFIC LABOUR LEGISLATION FOR PUNISHING BULLYING: Poland STATES WHICH HAVE RECOGNIZED VIOLENCE IS IMPLICIT IN THEIR OHS AND LABOUR LAWS: (Codes of Practice from Ireland, Code for Labour Inspectors 39/2009 from Spain) UNITED KINGDOM: Violence is within the scope of Stress Management Standards VIOLENCE MANAGEMENT IS NOT A LEGAL REQUIREMENT. The Labour Inspectorates are carrying out the promotion and information on work-related stress. Courts can apply liability for the damages (Italy, Germany)
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l STRESS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE (BULLYING OR MOBBING) STRESS INVOLVES VIOLENCE – European Agreement: Social Partners recognize that violence and harassment are potential factors to work-related stress – European Agreement says that this agreement does not deal with violence and harassment, but violence is within the stress risk factors in the Agreement: exposure to abusive behaviour – Violence could create stress. However not all the stress situations derive from violence – Stress prevention is also Violence prevention: the same techniques of analysis are being using. The causes of violence are used to be in organizational factors – Intervention measures could be different for stress and violence VIOLENCE ENTAILS AN ILLEGITIMATE BEHAVIOUR – Violence is a kind of stress which derives from human relationships but in illegitimate way: an abuse of employers powers or a humiliating behaviour addressed to a worker. – Violence behaviours are legally more complex: they entail a violation of different rights and laws: dignity, honour, privacy, physical and psychological integrity and health. This involves: Human Rights foreseen in Constitutional laws Labour basic Rights Occupational Health and Safety Rights Compensation and civil rights
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l PHYSICAL VIOLENCE EXTERNAL OR THIRD PARTY VIOLENCE BEHAVIOURS – Internal organization is not involved. There are only external environmental factors – It would be logical to apply them the same treatment than other emergency situations: Alarm and communication systems First Aid Training and information to workers INTERNAL PHYSYCAL VIOLENCE (within the normal workplace environment) – Internal organization or companies cooperation are involved – They should have the same treatment of psychological violence
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l EQUAL TREATMENT THE DIRECTIVE 2002/73 HAS INTRODUCE NEW EMPLOYERS OBLIGATION REGARDING THE FORMS OF VIOLENCE RELATED TO SEX: – Sexual harassment – Harassment related to sex: it is a kind of bullying behaviour – The Directive requires the Member States to prevent these behaviours (Art. 1.5.): Member States have transposed the Directives Legal prevention requirements are now within the framework of Labour Law in some States and within the framework of Occupational Health and Safety Law in others Some employers prefer the Labour Law framework: more flexible, subjected to bargaining Some workers prefer the OHS framework: workers participation is guaranteed
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS ILO has no instruments and EU has Manuals (European Agency) STATE LEGISLATIONS – Legal requirement to prevent psychosocial risks: Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway – Psychosocial risks are within the expert training: Italy, Spain DIFFERENT CONCEPTIONS: – Depending on the result: Psychosocial risks would be those related with psychological illnesses – Depending on the origin Psychosocial risks as a part of Ergonomics As a result of the interaction between organization and workers (ILO) Organizational and environmental factors which could damage workers health (European Agency)
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS AS A PART OF ERGONOMICS Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. Organizational ergonomics is concerned with the optimization of socio-technical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes.(International Ergonomic Association). Ergonomics is the term more used in North America. It is also a conception extended in France, Italy and Spain METHODOLOGY: instruments to carry out the ergonomic assessment: – The analysis usually affects the individual. The job content is analysed but not always the job context: the macro-organizational subjects
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l PSYCHOSOCIAL AS THE INTERACTION BETWEEN WORKERS AND ORGANIZATION PSYCHO-SOCIAL MEANS THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUAL (PSYQUE) AND THE SOCIETY – In our field, this would literally mean that all the relationships between the workers and all their social environment: job, family, town, etc are involved. European Agreement on work-related stress foresees individual risks factors: subjective factors (emotional and social pressures, feeling unable to cope, perceived lack of support, etc.). METHODOLOGY: Differentiated analysis of the organisational risks factors and individual risks factors – The questionnaire is nominative and personal – Organisational risk analysis is public, with workers reps participation – Individual risk analysis should be confidential and carried out by a doctor
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS AS ORGANISATIONAL RISKS European Agency: organisational and environmental aspects which could damage the workers health This is the conception more used and extended in Europe METHODOLOGY: analysis of the organisational aspects, not the individual – The questionnaire is anonymous: individual situations can not be analysed, only collective situations – The treatment of individual problems should be carried out through the medical surveillance The analysed risks are not properly psychosocial but organisational The term organisational risks would be more precise and better understood by employers and workers: – Organisation is the power field of the employers. This word could serve them to define the scope of their liability on labour risks. – Workers could be relate psychosocial to mental health surveillance. The word organisational describes better the aim of the risks assessment.
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l UNSAFE BEHAVIOURS WHICH DERIVE FROM THE ORGANISATION Reports point out that a bad work organisation is the cause of the most of work-related accidents in a 80 to 90 per 100. UNSAFE BEHAVIORS ARE THE HUMAN ERRORS AND NORMS VIOLATION WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF ERRORS: STRESS AND ORGANISATIONAL FACTORS – The undue work charge and work rythim – The lack or undue training – The lack of good communications – A bad tasks distribution, etc. WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF INTERNAL NORMS VIOLATION – Lack of surveillance and/or incentives to act correctly Usually, this problems are only analysed in a reactive manner (work-related accident investigation) but not in a pro-active and preventive manner in the risks assessment Organisational risks assessment would be the indispensible instrument to complete risks assessment process.
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l PILOT EXPERIENCE IN THE LABOUR INSPECTORATE OF BISCAY Selection of companies with high rate work-related accidents or high rate of serious work-related accidents The company should make the following actions – Psychosocial risks assessment using any method – Assessment of the work-related risks perception by the workers using a method of the Spanish National Institute for Safety and Hygiene at Work (NTP 580 INSHT) – An audit on how the prevention tasks are integrated in the usual company management Results are analysed jointly by workers and employer to identify the problems and the more suitable measures to avoid and reduce them. Execution of the measure: – Plan to implement organisational changes – Measures of periodic surveillance – Technical measure to avoid human errors
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l RISKS ASSESSMENT SECOND
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l RISKS FACTORS IN THE ORGANISATION (CAUSES) Stress Violence WORK-RELATED ACCIDENTS AND DISEASES (physical, psychological and behavioural troubles) Unsafe Behaviours
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l DEBATES ON PSYCHOSOCIAL RISKS METHODOLOGY Separate or integrated management: – Integrated to the all risks assessment in the same documentation: all risks are interrelated, specially in SMEs – Separate from other assessments: treatment of exceptional cases which need the intervention of experts. Internal or External experts: – Better the Mutual collaboration Methodology for small companies: – It is better not to use questionnaires: interviews and discussion groups. Results should be described in a comprehensive and understandable manner, not with numbers Measure to adopt should be bargained with workers representatives Measures are not static. They are properly policies
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l ESTABLISHING GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR A RISK ASSESSMENT PROCESS Identify the aims of the steps: – Preamble: experts should explain the process – Identifying the risks: questionnaires, interviews, discussion groups, etc by experts – Assessment: analysis of data and design of the measures (bargaining process between employer and workers with expert participation) – Execution: plan (employer with workers representatives) Identify indicators to revise assessments (INRS France) – Methods: indicators and surveys – Objective indicators: sick leave, turn over, overcharging, lack of human resources, work- related accidents rate.
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l INTERVENTION FORMS THIRD
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l MEASURES:PREVENTION (before) INTERVENTION (during) PROTECTION (after) WITHIN THE COMPANY ASSESSMENT OF RISKS FACTORS POLICIES OTHER MEASURES INTERNAL PROCEDURES FOR DISPUTES INVESTIGATION OF ILL-HEALTH REHABILITATION MEASURES GOVERNMENT ACTIONS COUNSELING ENFORCEMENT MEDIATION ENFORCEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS ENFORCEMENT HOW TO FACE VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT
© ITSS 2008 w w w. m t a s. e s / i t s s / i n d e x.h t m l l Muchas gracias por vuestra atención Thanks for your attention
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