HSE publishes draft stress code

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Draft stress management standards have been published on the Health andSafety Executive’s (HSE) website. The standards, which are currently being piloted by a group of 24 public andprivate sector organisations (News, 3 April), are designed to help employersmanage stress in the workplace. They are based on the HSE’s seven causes of stress, which are identified inits guide Tackling Work-Related Stress, and cover areas such as workloads,working hours and the support that staff receive at work. The six-month pilot scheme will be followed by the publication of adiscussion document, expected in January next year, and a formal consultationperiod before the first standards are introduced later in 2004. It is likely that companies which continue to breach the stress managementstandards will ultimately face prosecution under the Health and Safety at WorkAct, which places a duty on employers to look after the mental health of theirstaff. Bill Callaghan, chair of the HSE, said: “Stress is on everyone’s lipsand business people are becoming aware of just how costly dealing with thisproblem can be. I think handing them a tool to help them develop good practicemakes sense.” www.hse.gov.uk HSE publishes draft stress codeOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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