Presenteeism or Learned Helplessness?
There are other names for it, but I'm not sure whether any are more acceptable. Perhaps ‘Presenteeism and Mental Health?’
What about a much longer one that spells it out: Repetitive stress injury due to over-exposure to sub-optimally calibrated Display Screen Equipment (DSE), that’s affecting 58% of users, now manifesting in an average 20% loss in productivity?
All of which we know results in many more “working to live” in the 21st Century, the age of ‘digital separation anxiety’ versus ‘living to work’. Eroded by the progressive and insidious loss of work/life balance.
We hear a lot about it, but what does it mean in relation to accessibility and preventing harms?
Is it wellbeing, or sustaining more optimal, “basic given minimum working conditions” that supports the human production line, which benefits from the same routine and planned maintenance of other work equipment or even simple compliance with the 1998 PUWER Act?
Or maybe it’s ISO 45001 “Work Exposure Limits” risk assessment as an animal, vegetable, mineral and chemical hazards are afforded?
All bearing in mind the expedience (sort of), of avoiding Accessibility Regulations, whether related to Health or Safety surrounding “Sick Building Syndrome” Risk Assessment, particularly ventilation, along with Day & Work-lighting.
And not forgetting DSE Colour Contrast Calibration, BSI ISO 30071.1 for mitigating Computer Vision Syndrome/Screen Fatigue, resulting in myopic/asthenopic dis-ease and repetitive stress, related to visual adaptations debilitating “Access to Text” on-screen. (WHO ICD-10)
Is it perceived stress, or actual stress?
Reading the SHP article, where the author writes, “one wonders if stress has overtaken safety?”
Your average safety rep and safety manager or director is not an expert in stress, anxiety or depression. So the question becomes: “With limited resources, does the safety profession really need to get so heavily involved in these topic areas, to the detriment of basic HSE?
“After 30 years practice, I have a horrible feeling that the UK Safety Profession is losing its way, by trying to be all things to all men, crossing professional boundaries and losing its focus on the safety basics that actually stop people being killed and maimed in the workplace.
Am I right, or am I being alarmist? What do you think?
Nigel Dupree is the Founder of SMART Foundation and ScreenRisk.
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