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According to the latest research from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the UK leads the way in organisational plans to prevent work-related stress.

The EU-OSHA’s second survey on new and emerging risks also show that more than 90% UK employers report carrying out risk assessments regularly, compared with the EU average of 76%.

The survey aims to assist workplaces to deal more effectively with health and safety and to promote the health and well-being of employees. It provides cross-nationally comparable information relevant for the design and implementation of new policies in this field.

Responses from almost 50,000 workplaces in 36 countries, including all 28 Member States during the summer and autumn of 2014 (with UK sample being 4250 establishments), were published in February this year and the latest report was presented to the European Parliament at the end of June.

Of the 76% of establishments that carry out regular risk assessments, 90% consider them a useful way of managing safety and health. There are significant differences at national level in the proportion of enterprises where internal staff carry out risk assessments, rather than external providers, with the 75% of UK enterprises using internal staff, down to 7% in Slovenia.

The full survey can be found here https://osha.europa.eu/sites/default/files/publications/documents/esener-ii-summary-en.PDF