Early retirement as well as incapability to work caused by mental-health problems are increasing. It could not be ruled out that characteristics of the working environment have an influence on this development. However, a sound mental health is of importance for permanent and successful participation in the labour market. It will be an essential challenge for socio-political actions to design humane work in such a way that mental impairment is avoided and mental health is promoted. Accordingly, BAuA currently conducts the project “Mental Health in the Working World” which was started in 2014 with a term of three years. The project aims at a broad and scientifically well-grounded description of the current state of research in the field of mental health in the working environment. In doing so, not only potential hazards but also health- promoting features will be considered in accordance with the overall concept of humane work design. The project consists of three phases. The initial phase is almost finished; more than 20 working condition factors have been examined using the method of “Scoping Reviews”. With its broad approach, this method is ideally suited to summarize existing research results and to identify current research gaps. In the second phase, which will start in late 2015, symposia will take place for a discussion and consolidation of the project results with well known scientists. In the third and final phase, BAuA will discuss the obtained results with occupational safety and health specialists and with representatives of the social partners in order to identify implementation options in the occupational safety and health arena.
For more information please contact: Jutta Friederizi Friederizi.Jutta@baua.bund.de