HSE reaffirms commitment to tackling workplace stress

Work-related stress has been confirmed as a key priority for the Health and Safety Executive in its 2019/20 business plan.

Work-related stress (WRS) is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, and social care is among those industries with above-average prevalence.

The HSE’s position is that work-related stress should be treated as any other workplace hazard.

Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to carry out a “suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of its employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work and to put into place appropriate measures to control them”. Employers with five or more employees need to record the significant findings of the risk assessment.

The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support.

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