HSE issues practical guide to tackle workplace stressOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Newguidance aims to improve the way employers deal with the causes of workplacestressStep-by-stepcomprehensive guidance on tackling the causes of stress in the workplace –which is estimated to be costing employers £370m a year – has been published bythe Health and Safety Executive.TacklingWork-related Stress: a Managers’ Guide to Improving and Maintaining EmployeeHealth and Wellbeing is aimed at employers with more than 50 staff.Itis designed to help them identify who is at risk and what steps they can taketo prevent problems occurring. It also outlines employers’ statutoryobligations and making the case for taking effective action.Stress-relatedillness is responsible for the loss of 6.5 million working days each year,costing the country as a whole £3.75bn, said the HSE. An estimated half amillion people are suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression atlevels that make them ill, it added.Themove is a first step by the HSE in drawing up benchmarks for measuringemployers’ performance in preventing work-related stress. These are beingdeveloped in partnership with the business community.Anemployee leaflet has also been published explaining what stress is, how itaffects people and what individuals can do at work to help.JoBerriman, occupational health manager at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, said theguidance would undoubtedly be useful for employers.”Managersare becoming more aware of stress, but it is still patchy. They will bereceptive. Anything that helps is a good idea,” she said.TheHSE’s guidance can be ordered online or through HSE Books, tel: 01787 881165.www.hsebooks.co.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.