CRR 427/2002 - Understanding the risks of stress

A cognitive approach

The practice of systematic assessment of psychosocial hazards in the workplace is required under health and safety legislation. A series of qualitative and diary studies showed that people do have elaborate mental models of phychosocial hazards; that these mental models predict subsequent levels of important personal and organisational phenomena such as well-being and performance; and that variation in mental models of psychosocial hazards might be explained by a limited number of dimensions. An instrument to assess mental models of psychosocial hazards has been developed and validated. Explains the implications of a cognitive approach for psychosocial risk management, and how to use the instrument.

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Updated 2021-04-14