Stress: Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to tackle stress in the workplace.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for work-related stress policy as the regulator for health and safety at work in Great Britain.

Employers have a legal duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. To do this, employers must assess the risks from workplace hazards, including work-related stress, and take all reasonably practicable steps to remove or reduce identified risks. HSE provides advice, guidance and tools (the HSE Stress Management Standards) that employers can use to meet these requirements for work-related stress.

Recognising the high levels of work related stress in the public sector, HSE is currently supporting pilots in the education, prison and hospital sectors aimed at developing improved approaches to tackling this issue. These pilots form part of HSE’s engagement with employers, trades unions and the wider health and safety community, where HSE aims to work in partnership to reduce the number of new cases of ill health caused by work-related stress and to integrate their work into the Government’s wider agenda on supporting the mental wellbeing of the working population.

Further details of HSE’s activity can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/strategiesandplans/sector-health-plans.htm.

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