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.
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.
assessments to eliminate stress or control the risks from stress. These
risk assessments will be regularly reviewed.
action relating to the prevention of workplace stress.
The company will provide training for all managers and supervisory staff in good
caused by either work or external factors.
The company will provide adequate resources to enable managers to implement the
Ensure good communication between management and staff, particularly
Monitor working hours and overtime to ensure that staff are not overworking.
stress outside work e.g. bereavement or separation.
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
Advise managers and individuals on training requirements.
Provide continuing support to managers and individuals in a changing environment
Accept opportunities for counselling when recommended.
practices or work design that could precipitate stress.
Safety Representatives must be able to consult with members on the issue of stress
Safety Representatives should be allowed access to collective and anonymous data
to attend any Trade Union training relating to workplace stress.
Safety Representatives should conduct joint inspections of the workplace at least
The Safety Committee will oversee monitoring of the efficacy of the policy and