Bosses continue ignoring the HSE stress standards

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Bosses continue ignoring the HSE stress standardsOn 30 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Most organisations have done nothing to implement stress managementguidelines by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), according to newresearch. Business information provider, Croner, claims that 79 per cent of health andsafety professionals have taken no action to meet the guidelines, which are dueto be finalised by the end of this year. The poll reveals just 7 per cent of organisations have taken any steps toimplement the voluntary management standards, with only 14 per cent saying itis under consideration. More than half (55 per cent) are unaware of the HSE standards, which wereintroduced last year to help employers prevent and manage work-related stress –the UK’s most prevalent occupational health condition. Up to 5 million Britons complain of work-related stress each year. Thisaccounts for 90 million lost working days each year, costing business around£3.7bn. The HSE identified six sources of workplace stress that need to be managedby employers: demands of the job, control over work, support from colleaguesand management, working relationships, clarity of role and organisationalchange. Under the guidelines, a percentage of staff must assess that each standardtarget is being achieved by the employer, else they will fail the assessment. last_img

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