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Traditionally, health and safety has focused on the use of dangerous machinery and exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, both of which have historically taken a toll on workers’ health. While workplace safety has certainly improved since the early years of industrialization, in large part because of the shift towards a service economy, today’s measure of a good job goes beyond safety concerns. ‘Healthy’ work environments encompass ‘softer’ issues such as positive working relationships, a work environment that promotes good mental health, and a work setting that provides a sense of personal safety and well-being. A healthy workplace also means working in an environment where one does not experience unnecessary stress or anxiety. How do Canadians rate both the health and safety of their workplace? Can workplaces be safe, yet unhealthy? What are some of the most common sources of stress and unnecessary worry in Canadian workplaces?