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What should my employer do about stress at work?
The core of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approach for dealing with work-related stress is set out in its Management Standards. This involves systematically addressing the six major work stressors: demand; control; support; relationship; role; and change. The HSE claims that if these six work areas are properly managed, work-related stress can be reduced.
The Management Standards approach requires employers to follow the five steps to risk assessment:
- Identify hazards.
- Decide who might be harmed.
- Evaluate the risk and take action.
- Record your findings.
- Monitor and review.
The TUC has issued a guide on Tackling Workplace Stress using the HSE Stress Management Standards to assist union health and safety reps in encouraging their employers to implement the management standards.