Workplace stress and violence management courses from Norwich Union

Article date: 1 September 2003

Norwich Union Risk Services is running its first-ever one-daycourses to help businesses tackle the ever-increasing problems ofstress and violence in the workplace.

Starting in September, the courses are aimed at preparingmanagers to identify problems and implement strategies to alleviatethe effects of these issues.

The “Managing Stress” course examines the causes andeffects of stress in the workplace and highlights theresponsibilities of companies and their senior staff to findsolutions.

In “Managing Workplace Violence”, managers willlearn how to assess the risks of violence in their workingenvironment, how to develop the necessary policies that theirorganisation should adopt and how to handle an actual incident andits aftermath.

Teresa Budworth, of Norwich Union Risk Services, says:“With stress identified as a problem in more than 80 per centof workplaces and violence now ranked by employees as the biggestsingle threat to their safety at work, companies need to know howto deal effectively with these worrying developments.

“Stress is a priority issue for the Health and SafetyExecutive, and we have now seen them issue their first enforcementnotice requiring an employer to comply with the law and manage thisissue.”

For further information on the courses run by Norwich Union RiskServices, please contact 0500 55 99 77


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Louise Zucchi at Norwich Union, tel: 08703 666 860/ mob: 07860 203466

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