Saturday, June 11, 2005

Workplace stress an injury, not a disease

Stress as an injury opens door to worker's comp ...

"It's about time the mental, emotional and physical damage caused by workplace stress is recognized for that it is - an injury and not a disease.

"Recognizing the workplace as a stressor is long overdue," says Clarke Walker. "Once workplace stress is seen as an injury, its causes can be removed the same way we already deal with other hazzards like harassment, dangerous equipment, toxic materials and unsafe working conditions."

Clarke Walker says that if researchers categorize stress as an injury, it would bring an end to the discrimination experienced by workers whose stress-related injuries render them unable to work but who are denied assistance from Workers' Compensation Boards because they are deemed to be sick rather than hurt. However, she also cautions researchers to not reinvent the wheel over the course of their work."   continued ...   (Via PR Direct)

Workplace Stress - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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