Work Positive CI – www.workpositive.ie
In Europe, work related stress is among the most commonly reported causes of occupational illness and costs an estimated €20 billion per year (EuroFound, 2007). As a result of proactive work by the Enterprise Risk Management Section of the State Claims Agency (SCA) in relation to workplace stress and critical incident  stress among frontline staff  there was an identified need to develop a bespoke psychosocial risk assessment framework with specific guidance for dealing with critical incidents in the workplace. This framework is known as Work Positive CI (www.workpositive.ie) and was developed by the SCA in collaboration with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA)  and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network Ireland .
What is Work Positive CI?
Work Positive CI is a FREE easy to use, innovative, confidential, psychosocial risk management process. It provides feedback on workplace stressors, employee psychological wellbeing and critical incident exposure in the workplace. It delivers structured guidance enabling organisations to develop an action plan to mitigate against these stressors.
Work Positive CI is the first psychosocial risk management framework specific to critical incidents in Europe and incorporates an easy to use online risk assessment tool as part of the four step prepare, measure, action plan and review process which is aligned with the Psychosocial Risk Management European Framework (Prima-EF).
State Claims Agency leading the way
Work Positive CI has been endorsed by leading international professionals in the field of CISM. Here is a short video from Professor Jeffrey T. Mitchell on the importance of CISM and the Work Positive CI initiative. Professor Mitchell is a Clinical Professor of Emergency, Health Services at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Maryland and President Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Work Positive CI Benefits
Work Positive CI can be used by organisations to manage the risks and comply with Irish civil and statutory legal obligations concerning workplace stress; protect workers’ health from existing and emerging hazards, including psychosocial hazards and encourage best practice to promote good health and improve wellbeing.
Embedding the framework can benefit workplaces in the following ways:
To view the Work Positive CI psychosocial risk management process please logon to www.workpositive.ie
1. Critical Incident
The World Health Organisation (WHO), 2006 describe a critical incident as an event out of the range of normal experience – one which is sudden and unexpected, involves the perception of a threat to life and can include elements of physical and emotional loss. Examples of these incidents include witnessing death and/or serious injury to a child, patient, service user or colleague in the workplace.
2. Frontline staff
Examples of industries that are actively exposed to critical incidents in the workplace include frontline staff in particular those who work in the healthcare sector (doctors, nurses, carers etc.), emergency, military, security, rescue, public sector and others who operate in similar industries within the private sector.
3. About the Health & Safety Authority
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has overall responsibility for the administration and enforcement of health and safety at work in Ireland. The HSA also promotes education, training and research in the field of health and safety.
4. About Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) Network Ireland
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network Ireland provides a forum for the promotion and exchange of best practice information on CISM and information on standards, availability and provision of training for CISM. This Network is the first of its kind in Ireland and is the leading group to advise, work with, and support the emergency services (and others) in implementing CISM in Ireland.
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