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Occupational Stress Audit

 

Occupational Stress Audit

Arinite can carry out a management level stress audit to assess compliance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and the Health and Safety Executive Stress Management Standards.

What is stress?

Stress is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.

There is a clear distinction between pressure, which can create a ‘buzz’ and be a motivating factor and stress, which can occur when this pressure becomes excessive.

Why do We Need to Tackle Stress in the Workplace?

About 1 in 5 people say that they find their work either very or extremely stressful.
Over half a million people report experiencing work-related stress at a level they believe has actually made them ill.

Each case of stress-related ill health leads to an average of 29 working days lost. A total of 13.4 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2001.

Work-related stress costs society between £3.7 billion and £3.8 billion a year.

Fill in the form alongside to request an audit that could save your business a lot of money by reducing employee stress.

Legal Duties Relating to Workplace Stress

The legal duties of employers with respect to workplace stress are as follows:

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Employers have a legal duty under this Act to take measures to control the risk of stress-related ill health of their employees.
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999 Employers must assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities.
  • The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 Civil Law An employer owes a ‘duty of care’ to individual employees in the course of their employment. This is the area of law with the most important implications for work-related stress.
  • The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989 and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996. These Regulations require employers to consult with employees or their representatives on any matter that affects their health or safety at work, including actions taken to manage the causes of work-related stress.

HSE Stress Management Standards

The HSE have produce management standards with respect to workplace stress. The standard focuses on the following workplace stressors.

Occupational Stress Audit

  • Demands – Issues like workload, work pattern and the work environment.
  • Control – What influence the person has about the way they do their work.
  • Support – Including the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the employer, line management and colleagues.
  • Relationships – Including promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour.
  • Role – Whether employees understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that the person does not have conflicting roles.
  • Change – How organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation.

Signs of workplace stress include:

  • Dramatic changes in work performance.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Changes in eating habits.
  • Inappropriate fears.
  • Hostile language or aggression.
  • Overly compliant.
  • Depression.

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