Stress at work

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A stress risk assessment is required under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, only when an employee informs their employer that they are experiencing stress beyond an acceptable level, or they are suffering with a stress-related illness.

Examples of stress at work may be:

  • Excessive workload
  • Workplace bullying
  • Inadequate IT systems / support
  • Perceived job ambiguity

It is a requirement that the stress risk assessment be carried out by a competent person.  Failure to comply with this requirement may render a stress risk assessment as non-conforming and void.

On a practical level, the main benefit of a stress risk assessment is to reduce the likelihood of workplace stressors resulting in harm.

On a legal level, the main benefit of having a stress risk assessment in place is that if a worst-case scenario does happen and a workplace stressor does result in harm, your organisation will have a legal defence.

These benefits rely on the risk assessment being kept up-to-date, and recommendations made in the risk assessment being acted on within a reasonable timeframe.

Health and Safety Risk Assessments and Training