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An example of a stress policy 


We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of our employees. We 

recognise that workplace stress is a health and safety issue and acknowledge the importance 

of identifying and reducing workplace stressors. 

This policy will apply to everyone in the company. Managers are responsible for 

implementation and the company is responsible for providing the necessary resources.  

Definition of stress 

The Health and Safety Executive define stress as “the adverse reaction people have to 

excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them”. This makes an important 

distinction between pressure, which can be a positive state if managed correctly, and stress 

which can be detrimental to health.  



The company will identify all workplace stressors and conduct risk  

assessments to eliminate stress or control the risks from stress. These  

risk assessments will be regularly reviewed.  


The company will consult with Trade Union Safety Representatives on all proposed 

action relating to the prevention of workplace stress.  


The company will provide training for all managers and supervisory staff in good 

management practices.  


The company will provide confidential counselling for staff affected by stress 

caused by either work or external factors.  


The company will provide adequate resources to enable managers to implement the 

company’s agreed stress management strategy.  




Conduct and implement recommendations of risks assessments within their 



Ensure good communication between management and staff, particularly  

where there are organisational and procedural changes.  


Ensure staff are fully trained to discharge their duties.  


Ensure staff are provided with meaningful developmental opportunities.  


Monitor workloads to ensure that people are not overloaded.  


Monitor working hours and overtime to ensure that staff are not overworking. 

Monitor holidays to ensure that staff are taking their full entitlement.  


Attend training as requested in good management practice and health and safety.  


Ensure that bullying and harassment is not tolerated within their jurisdiction.  


Be vigilant and offer additional support to a member of staff who is experiencing 

stress outside work e.g. bereavement or separation.  

Occupational health and safety staff  


Provide specialist advice and awareness training on stress.  


Train and support managers in implementing stress risk assessments.  


Support individuals who have been off sick with stress and advise them and their 

management on a planned return to work.  


Refer to workplace counsellors or specialist agencies as required.  


Monitor and review the effectiveness of measures to reduce stress.  


Inform the employer and the health and safety committee of any changes and 

developments in the field of stress at work.  

Human resources 


Give guidance to managers on the stress policy.  


Help monitor the effectiveness of measures to address stress by collating sickness 

absence statistics.  


Advise managers and individuals on training requirements.  


Provide continuing support to managers and individuals in a changing environment 

and encourage referral to occupational workplace counsellors where appropriate.  



Raise issues of concern with your Safety Representative, line manager or 

occupational health.  


Accept opportunities for counselling when recommended.  

Safety representatives  


Safety Representatives must be meaningfully consulted on any changes to work 

practices or work design that could precipitate stress.  


Safety Representatives must be able to consult with members on the issue of stress 

including conducting any workplace surveys.  


Safety Representatives must be meaningfully involved in the risk assessment 



Safety Representatives should be allowed access to collective and anonymous data 

from HR.  


Safety Representatives should be provided with paid time away from normal duties 

to attend any Trade Union training relating to workplace stress.  


Safety Representatives should conduct joint inspections of the workplace at least 

every 3 months to ensure that environmental stressors are properly controlled.  

Safety Committee 


The joint Safety Committee will perform a pivotal role in ensuring that this policy is 



The Safety Committee will oversee monitoring of the efficacy of the policy and 

other measures to reduce stress and promote workplace health and safety.  

Signed by 

Managing Director: 


Employee Representative 



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