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5 September 2012

Belgium: government campaign on psychosocial risks

On 3 September, the Belgian government launched a campaign to raise general public awareness of psychosocial risks.The campaign’s main tools are two TV spots, information leaflets and posters which will be distributed to GPs’ surgeries and company doctors and on the internet site

"When targeting the public at large (which includes workers and those around them), the objective is to raise people’s awareness of psychosocial risks, and encourage them to pay attention to those often slight signs which if ignored can get worse and worse until they become pathological: the aim is to avoid a spiral effect", explained the Employment Ministry in a statement.

According to a survey of 4000 workers in Belgium in 2010, almost three in ten workers (28%) report feeling under stress at work most of the time or always. The figure is the same for men and women, with little variation according to age, and applies across all sectors of activity and all jobs.

Over the month preceding their participation in the survey, 13% of workers had suffered verbal violence and 7% threats or humiliating behaviour. Over the year preceding the survey, 9% suffered intimidation or bullying, and 3% physical violence. This survey is the Belgian contribution to the European working conditions survey, an initiative by the Dublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound).

Source: Belgian Federal Public Service Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue
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