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Workplace Stress

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Government have issued to employers on combating stress in the workplace. [130107]

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a range of guidance on tackling work- related stress. Further guidance is due to be published over the coming year."Tackling Work-Related Stress—a Manager's Guide to Improving and Maintaining Employee Health and Well-Being", was published on 25 June 2001. It sets out a risk assessment approach to tackling stress in the workplace. It clearly outlines possible hazards and risks, and offers practical advice to managers."Work-Related Stress—a short guide", was published in November 2001. This guide offers similar information but is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises. HSE has developed new guidance in response to informal consultation that identified the need for further help for organisations in developing solutions to problems with stress. The new guidance, to be launched by HSE in October, is based on case studies of successful solutions employed in a range; of organisations. The case studies have been derived from an extensive range of HSE- commissioned research into good practice in stress prevention. HSE plans to launch the new guidance at a conference on 30 October 2003. It will help employers work with employees to develop solutions in response to issues identified by their risk assessments.HSE also publishes information on stress on its website (www.hse.gov.uk/stress). This includes resources to help employers begin to tackle stress and provides access to further sources of help.