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New Resource--StressAssess, CCOHS

Just in time for the fifth anniversary of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have collaborated to create StressAssess, a free online survey tool to assist workplaces in identifying and addressing psychosocial hazards that can lead to stress and mental injury.

StressAssess provides workplaces with an internationally recognized survey tool to anonymously, collectively, and confidentially gather information about current work conditions and psychosocial hazards. Administrators deploying the survey in their workplace will be guided through a five step process supported by instructions, templates, and reminders. Upon completion of the survey, a summary report is provided. Along with comparisons against validated national averages, it includes practical ideas for action to help workplaces address identified concerns.

While the survey tool is meant to diagnose the workplace (not the worker), the website also includes a personal edition for individuals interested in measuring their own personal level and sources of stress.

StressAssess is available at http://www.stressassess.ca and a mobile app version is currently in development.

StressAssess was developed by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), with website and technical expertise from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). The StressAssess survey is based on the MIT-COPSOQ Survey which is a combination of the internationally recognized Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ) and OHCOW's multi-stakeholder Mental Injury Toolkit.

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is a pro-active team of health and safety professionals committed to promoting the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being for workers and their communities. OHCOW strives to accomplish this through the identification of workplace factors which are detrimental to the health and well-being of all workers, through the distribution of excellent occupational health, hygiene, and ergonomic information to increase knowledge among workers, employers and the general public; and through the provision of services designed to produce changes to improve workplaces and the health of workers.