IOSH Magazine: March issue will focus on Health and Wellbeing
A number of factors have combined in the EU member States of Ireland and the United Kingdom which will determine how employers will respond to workplace mental health. A framework agreement on work related stress was concluded in 2014 by the EU. In Ireland two pieces of legislation the Health and Safety Act (SHWWA) 2015, which sets out the obligations on employers to provide a duty of care for employee health and the Employment Equality Act(EEA) 1998-2015 where employers must provide reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities including s mental health disorders. Alcoholism is also recognised as a disability under the EEA requiring reasonable accommodation by employers.
IOSH have taken the lead and are declaring that workplace mental health is now a safety issue and that its members are well placed to respond to this issue. IOSH Magazine's March issue will focus on evaluating employee assistance programmes and implementing structured wellbeing programmes.
In January 2015 the EAP Institute in Ireland launched a comprehensive model for designing Employee Support Services (ESP,s) for Workplace Mental Health and in association with Mental Health Ireland will present two seminars in Ireland on this topic as follows;