Continuing a well-established relationship with EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) has announced its partnership in a new initiative “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress”.
EU-OSHA’s research into the subject has revealed that the cost of stress-related illness in the workplace costs European businesses 240 billion euros a year according to EU-OSHA estimates. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue, encourage higher levels of awareness and to provide guidance to help employers spot the signs and help tackle the problem.
“As a major employer in Europe, we are very focused on the importance of health in the workplace and the impact it can have both on our people and on our business,” explains Peter Damberg, Senior Vice President, Toyota Material Handling Europe, “Previous initiatives of this type, working in partnership with EU-OSHA have proved extremely beneficial – and we can extend and share our experiences also when working with our customers.”
Toyota has a strong track record for leading safety in the workplace, demonstrated by the high profile that the subject takes in the world-renowned Toyota Production System (TPS). All of TMHE’s manufacturing sites are OHSAS 18001 certified and have special ‘Safety Dojo’ areas, which continuously focus on safety issues for the benefit of all personnel. Safety is also a key topic in training service technicians (Service Technician Education Program, STEP) as well as in truck operator training (Toyota Operator Training).
This latest initiative aims to address problems associated with psychosocial stress. Studies suggest that 60% of all lost working days can be attributed to work-related stress and psychosocial risks. It is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe – after musculoskeletal disorders.
It is anticipated that TMHE’s role in the programme will include the organisation of a benchmarking event in the European headquarters in Mjölby Sweden, local safety initiatives in its European network as in previous programmes with EU-OSHA, which have related to safety and risk prevention.