Work Related Stress

What are the legal requirements?

Here’s a breakdown of the responsibilities and obligations of all those involved in the workforce when it comes to stress-related illness.

The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014 to 2015 was 440,000. That’s a prevalence rate of 1380 per 100,000 workers, or just over 1 in 100. Did you know that under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all employers have a legal responsibility to minimise the risk of stress-related illness to employees.

The main factors respondents cited as causing work-related stress, depression or anxiety were workload pressures, including tight deadlines, too much responsibility and lack of managerial support. We’re all responsible for reducing stress in our organisations, right from the board level all the way down to the employee level. This means an organisation should be conducting risk assessments, analysing results, monitoring issues, putting policies in place and encouraging self-reporting. All these things can take time and money.

We’ve gathered information from the Health and Safety Executive to help you meet your obligations. Here are the four key levels within an organisation with information on what they need to be doing.

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