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Did you know: These five emotions can cause your employees to work unsafely?

by , 26 May 2014
SheqAfrica has suggested the prolonged platinum mine strikes will have more than just a negative financial effect.

The stress of being away from work for so long without pay will take a very drastic toll on employees.

These negative emotional effects are more than just your employees' personal problem. They can become a health and safety problem for you too.

Read on to find out what, why and how this emotional stress can cause a health and safety risk.

Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?
Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?
Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?
Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?
Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. 

Five emotional conditions that can cause health and safety risks 

SheqAfrica says the prolonged mine strikes will have these consequences:
1. Emotional exhaustion; 
2. Sleep problems; 
3. Depression; 
4. Anxiety; and
5. Deteriorating relationships. 
So where's the safety issue?
Is your site compliant with the new Construction Regulations 2014?

Here are the health and safety risks these eight emotional conditions pose

The Health and Safety Advisor says prolonged emotional stress can cause high blood pressure, increased blood sugar and weight gain and immune system suppression just to name a few.
If your employees are ill, they may not be able to do their jobs properly or safely. This may be because they're unable to focus on the work they're doing. 
But the additional problem is depressed or emotionally unstable employees may stop caring about following safe procedures. This means they won't take the care they're required to take when performing their jobs and can cause workplace accidents.
If you see signs of emotional stress in your employees you need to offer them help. You should also do a assessment on their emotional state as part of your safety programme to check they're coping and working effectively and safely. 
If you don't, you may have a difficult health and safety problem on your hands. 

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