Work-related psychosocial risks (PSR) are a major contributor to the burden of disease in Europe. The health impacts of PSR are evident in the healthcare and long-term care sectors and were brought to everyone’s attention by the Covid-19 pandemic. A significant body of evidence shows that workrelated psychosocial risks correlate to labour management practices in different modifiable aspects of work.

This introductory guide presents the key aspects of PSR in the healthcare and long-term care sectors. It provides a brief outline of the context that gives rise to PSR in these sectors; an overview of specific PSR factors related to employment and working conditions; and an insight into some prevention and mitigation measures. This is followed by a discussion on legislation regarding work-related PSR in the EU, and descriptions of actions taken by trade unions to tackle this critical occupational safety and health (OSH) issue.

The contents are based on the results of an evidence review of scientific literature and analysis of interviews with trade union representatives in Germany, Spain, and Sweden, brought together in the ETUI report ‘Psychosocial risks in the healthcare and long-term care sectors: evidence review and trade union views’. This guide aims to clarify what work-related PSR are, and to inspire further trade union actions on PSR to ensure safe and healthy workplaces for healthcare and care workers.

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