The HSE statistics recorded that that 822,000 workers reported suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
Also 645,000 workers reported that their work-related illness was caused or made worse by the coronavirus pandemic; 70 per cent of these were cases of stress, depression or anxiety.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 employers have a duty to ensure the health of their employees at work. This includes taking steps to make sure they do not suffer stress-related illness as a result of their work. Conducting a wellbeing stress risk assessment will identify if there are any stressors causing mental ill health and if any changes can be made through recommendations given.
Employers also have a specific duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations to undertake risk assessments that seek to identify, and eliminate or reduce, risks to their employees’ health, safety and welfare.
Employees have a responsibility to report stress work related problem when they occur. Iprotectu health and safety software has eLearning training on stress awareness. www.iprotectu.co.uk
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