StressAssess Officially Launches
In recognition of the 5th anniversary of the Canadian National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace OHCOW, together with our partner developers, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), announce the launch of StressAssess.
StressAssess is a free, evidence-based online survey tool designed to assist workplaces in identifying psychosocial hazards that can lead to stress and mental injury, providing suggestions and pathways to address them, and thus preventing harm. It is simple to use, fosters a team approach, and includes a Wizard to support preparation, implementation and subsequent problem solving. StressAssess is particularly timely given the recognition of Chronic Mental Stress as compensable in Ontario as of January 1, 2018. Plus, reducing stress and promoting Workplace Mental Health is good business on many levels.
The StressAssess Survey is based on the latest version of the internationally recognized Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ III), along with additional questions generated by the OHCOW (and partner) developed Mental Injury Toolkit. The survey compares workplaces against a validated Canadian dataset generated by Ekos Research under the direction of OHCOW and the Institute for Work and Health in 2016. For more information on the dataset see this presentation from the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health.
Tools for Workers to Measure Stress Exposure is a recent OHCOW presentation on identifying and measuring stress exposure in the workplace, particularly using StressAssess.