Stress in the workplace is a major cause of absence from work. This is costly to both the individual and the employer. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in 2015/16 over 480,000 people in the UK reported that work-related stress was making them ill. This amounts to nearly 40% of all work-related illness.

All employers have a legal duty to ensure that their workers are provided with a safe working environment and this includes their mental as well as their physical health. The HSE have produced a Management Standard for dealing with workplace stress that includes how to approach carrying out a stress risk assessment. The basic five-step principle for risk assessment is used:

  • Identify the stress risk factors
  • Decide who might be harmed and how
  • Evaluate the risk
  • Record your findings
  • Monitor and review

If you would like some help in applying the HSE Standard, producing a risk assessment or formulating stress management policies and procedures then email me using the form in the Contact section.